I am trying to buy a duck dog for a present for my husband. I don't really know where to start I have searched the internet not knowing what to look for. He said he either wanted a Chesapeake bay retriever or a chocolate lab. I think he is more leaning towards the Chesapeake but I don't want to ask him to many questions because he will know I am up to something. I was wondering if anyone could tell me the pros and cons of both. I have heard that Chesapeake do better in the cold waters up here and they are more of a hardy dog. He has recently been using his buddies lab but this late in the season the dog just shivers I know he is sick of using his friends dogs. I don't really know what to look for when I am trying to find a puppy. Is it important to look at the blood lines to see if there is hunting in them or is it just instinctual? If anyone knows of a breeder for Chesapeake in Alaska please let me know. I do still want to look into labs as well so if anyone know of any lab breeders to I really appreciate any kind of advice anyone can give me! Thanks for your time!