I've always been a fan of labs, but always admired chessies. Is a well-bred chessie as versatile as a well-bred lab for hunting upland game, blood trailing game, etc, etc? (I already now the answer when it comes to waterfowl...
I know that they definitely have the hunting blood, but will they tire quickly or overheat hunting dove on a hot September 1st?
One more thing, I've heard that they can be a bit hard headed (and I know that this is a dog-by-dog type of thing, but certain breeds have certain undeniable traits, just work with me here) and can even have a tendency for aggressiveness. I need a good family dog as well as a durable hunter, would a chessie be right for me?