I will admit that I am partial to Labs. But my brother-in-law bought a Chessy and I will also admit that Chessy was easy to train. The dog was tough as nails and all it wanted to do was please his master. I watched my brother-in-law throw big river rocks into the fast running Sacramento River and that dog would swim out, dive down, and bring that rock back to him. I am not sure it was the same rock, but it was a rock. Took the dog duck hunting, and send the dog after a duck...and he would bring back a rock. Yep easy to train.