Here is the basic rundown of a chessie.
They can be fantastic hunters.
They can posess great desire to hunt.
They are not for everyone.
The big difference between chessies and labs, are chessies take a little longer to train. They learn slower, but when they know it, its solid. Chessies like to be at your side, all the time, worse than a lab. Chessies need to be socialized very well early on to make sure they are not mean or aggressive. They shed balls of fur a couple times a year, not little hairs everywhere like labs.
Chessies are extremely smart. They need to be doing something, all the time, or they are destroying something of yours!
What are you looking for in a dog? I am not trying to discourage you from getting a chessy, I doubt I will ever own anything but one! Let me know if you need more help, there are a few guys on here with chessies.
Oh yeah, welcome to the site!