funny, the chessie you speak of in this post sounds exactly like my chocolate lab...duckdog said:I've had both chessie, and lab. Both were good dog's, I would vote for a lab. My chessie I had was a hardheaded dog, but he would go through anything for a bird. Only problem was he would fight with other male's, to protective, he hated other grown male's, loved women, and kid's though. If I did'nt have a wife and kid's I would probaly get another chessie, I'm afraid he would end up nipping someone I have about 10-15 kid's wrestling and playing in my yard all summer, hate for the dog to get protective if one of my kid's got hurt! I still would'nt trade my lab I have now for a million bucks. Also I think Wolter's book Game Dog is a great book I used it and I would put my lab up against any other dog.