Well Punkin did a nice job for a dog her age in a Master that ATE a bunch of MH dogs. I enjoy seeing a dog accomplish good work no matter what their age. That little gal did well. I did not see all the Master as I was judging Seniors and just got to see the 3rd series.
Just for the record I don't care what color,breed or titles a dog has. I care about seeing good dogs do their thing.
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Just a thought on the whole agressiveness thing...My 2.5year old female goes with me while I'm guiding goose hunting clients on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and incidentally over the last four days I have hunted with clients that brought their own dogs (all labs). My female was as social as could be with all of these dogs, and yes this included some males.There were even days with three dogs in the pit and there were never any issues. (That many dogs are definitely not common, but these are some long time clients that are just as much friends as pay hunters, so anything goes). She kept near my side and minded her own business, even when some of the labs were clowning around and "teasing" her. Sometimes when shuttling the guys out to the pit, she climbs on their laps and nuzzles them like a big lap dog. I can't tell you how many times I've heard "This is the nicest Chessie I'veever met!" Early socialization is the key, both with people and other dogs...mine even loves our cat.
And as far as trainability, I obtained mine from a breeder known better for producing show dogs than gun dogs, but my instincts and previous experience with Chessie's was right: Pretty much every Chessie is going to hunt. You may get that with a show bred lab or golden, but you most certainly will get it with a show bred Chessie. I wanted a knockout looking dog that would perform and so far am getting what I sought. She is the first dog I entered into the hunt test world with, but she quickly completed her JH and has gone 2 for 3 on her senior tests so far, and on a side note is halfway to her show CH. She consistently recieves compliments from clients on her looks,hunting performance and good manners. But as many have already noted on here,be prepared to adjust your methods. They'll remember the good, but they will never forget the bad. Be careful on choosing your battles with concepts. For instance, we went out on the last series, the water blind, on our last test, because she decided to do things her way and cheat a little off the water corner...her memory from getting things done quickly in the real hunting world,a habit I let develop while hunting. Subsequent attemps in training to correct had her giving me the cold shoulder for a while. More than with labs, you haveto "make 'em think it's their idea." I firmly believe that's the trick. Good luck, once you have one, you'll want another.
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I think that there are dogs in any retriever breed that are not gung ho to hunt. Some of it depends on the owner and/or the trainer, the early experiences, etc. I think the correct comment would be "gundog background" rather than "field background" as to me field indicates field trial. There are more Chesapeakes with gundog background and fewer with field trial.
To me a field background is a background where the dog was used for retrieving. It could be hunting, trials, or test. Just something in the field.
Chesaka what is your point?
Not all Chesapeake breeders care if the dog retrieves or has a good temperament. Some just care about their coat and bone structure.