AAHHHHHH, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Where shall I begin?
Well Captain, at this point I'm running over into redundancy. Even though Deuce looks like he would like to bite your face off in this picture, I'm quite sure he wouldn't. Like Lab guys I am pretty opinionated regarding the CBR. In fact I could go on and on touting known QUALITY characteristics of the breed. Like you, I'm only educated through what I've read about the breed and what I've experienced through my own dog, Deuce. So I'll just give you the facts based on what I know--not what I've heard. Deuce comes from a very old bloodline with qualifications that I had to pay through the nose for. He is a happy, eager to please, balls-to-the-wall retriever. There are some things in training that have taken longer than others, but once he knows what I want then thats what I get. Here he is getting some air...............I'd like to remind everyone that a CBR won the big air event last year................. :getdown:
Anyway, as far as my hunting experience with Deuce is concerned I only have one wood duck hunt as a benchmark. For (2) first-time-birds I think he did well. In fact if it weren't for his instincts, through no fault of his own, he probably would have failed.(My fault) He did, FINALLY, end up making two fine retrieves. Over the last 5 or so years I've hunted over a Chessie bitch named Bailey. She is the dog that made me want a CBR. I've seen her break 2" of ice with her chest, swim 400 some odd yards for a crippled goose and whip the crap out of two labs at the same time that where tryin to get some action.(she was in heat) When I first met her she regarded me with total indifference, opting to stay by her masters side. By the end of that particular hunt and to this day she greets me with a fat lick on the face. I have seen my friends 4 year old ride her like a horse. My own children incessantly harass Deuce with pulling, pinchin, grabbing and everything else kids do with absolutely no ill effect. Of course, when he was much younger I quickly made sure that he fully understood where he was in the pecking order. This is important for all dogs, not just CBR's. I think all color labs, weimys and chessies are all beautiful alike, so that is a decision you'll have to make on your own.
Training---I don't consider it any harder that any other breed. But then again I have the patience of a monk. Patience is a prerequisite for all dogs anyway.
Hunting prowess---Forget about it. This dog, by design, should be able to retrieve 1000 ducks per day. Unfortunately mine might get 2 per day.
Good with kids---Never once have I had a children issue. I will say that as Deuce matures I expect him to be more possesive/protective of my family and "his" birds and "his" backyard. If your going for dispossition then you need to look at Goldens as well.....you simply cannot beat their personality. I have met plenty of honery labs in my day. I'm of the opinion that you can have an affectionate Pit Bull if you want one. The proclivity for violence is greater with certain breeds, but if you beat or neglect ANY dog then you get what you deserve.
Captain, I have tons more info if you request it. I always like to see people showing intrest in the CBR. The reputation of the CBR I think i deserved, but with the right owner you can turn your dog into anything you want it to. But if you can't..........kill it. :salude:
BTW, today is Deuces' first birthday. Here's a coldy for you boy. :salude: