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Submitted by: Amanda Syverson on Mar 20, 2017
I spent 6 months looking into Chesapeake breeders all over the country when I got a referral from someone online to check out Goldeneye's Retrievers. I was instantly impressed with the quality of the dogs and the breeding behind them.
Chuck is a wealth of the utmost knowledge of the breed, selecting breeding stock, of course training and his dogs are phenomenal! I searched high and low for a true to standard chesapeake that could withstand hard work in the field retrieving geese, breaking ice during late duck season, and also be a best buddy in the downtime. My search ended with Goldeneye's! I can not say enough good about the best puppy buying experience of my life!

My chesapeake pup is incredible! He's extremely healthy, well socialized, correct and intelligent! I am so excited to work with this pup and get him into a blind come next fall! Thank you so much Chuck!
Submitted by: Steve & Mary Wendt on Mar 05, 2017
After being the proud owner for 24 hours, he has burrowed his way into everyone's heart. He goes to the door for bathroom breaks, and he sleeps through the night. This little guy was very well prepared for the transition to our home. Thanks Chuck
Submitted by: Lindsay on Mar 02, 2017
We've had Zed (Chessie born out of Mocha & Waylon 7/16) since last fall (2016) and she's definitely a great dog. Extremely intelligent and training is going well. Her role in our life is a companion first and hunter second, and she's more than meeting our expectations. Her health is excellent. Chuck was very helpful in providing us with loads of information before we decided to get a dog and we'd gladly do it again.
Submitted by: Carie Adasek on Feb 03, 2017
I got my dog, Nugget, from Goldeneyes! She was 2 1/2 and very well trained. I didn't get her to be a hunting dog - mostly as a walking companion and home security. Other than a little bit of potty training, I haven't had to do a thing with this pup as she is super smart and loyal. She's my first ever dog that is truly my own and she has bonded with me awesomely! Thanks Chuck & Patty!
Submitted by: Josh Brainard on Jan 15, 2017
I got Olt (BosunxJenny) last Thanksgiving and as he closes out his first hunting season I couldn't be happier. He truly is a versatile dog. Be it ducks over the water, geese in the cornfields, or kicking up some pheasants Olt is out there working and finished his first year with around 75 retrieves. He's also is a great family dog with great temperament and loves everyone he comes in contact with. I also had Chuck do some train with him over the summer and he did a great job. When I'm ready for my Next chessie I'll be contacting Chuck for sure.
Submitted by: Nick Anker on Nov 09, 2016
We purchased a puppy from Chuck 5 years ago. This was my wife and I's first Chessie (and our first dog together). Tuff (Goldeneyes Tuff Guy) is the best dog a guy could ever ask for. He goes just about everywhere with us. My wife barrel races and I rope so we are on the road a lot of weekends and he comes along all the time. We ride a lot of horses at home too, and he is out trail riding with us or doing whatever we are doing. I know this sounds like we turned this well bred dog into a farm dog, and I guess we kind of did. However, I took Tuff pheasant hunting with my father in law when he was 3. I did very little "bird" training. Maybe showed him a wing a couple times. Hunting public land in Wisconsin (not great hunting) Tuff flushed 4 birds our first time out! Since then I have gotten into upland hunting quite a bit, and Tuff is better than any dog I have hunted with so far. He goes all day long, never gets cold, never gets tired, and has an incredible nose. My wife and I will be going back to Goldeneyes in about 2 years when it's time for another pup.
Submitted by: Brie Falvey on Nov 09, 2016
I now have two Chessies from Chuck and they're the best dogs that anyone could ask for ! Anyone who meets them says they are the nicest Chessies that they've met because they're rumored to be mean dogs for their breed. They're both so loveable and cuddly. They're also fast learners and always down for the hunt! You mention the word bird and you can see their little faces light up with excitement! I'm so proud to have these goldeneye girls who are not only amazing at who they are and what they do but they're so beautiful as well. We always get so many compliments on how they look especially their eyes! Thank you Chuck for giving us the best dogs we will continue to use you and I would highly recommend Goldenyes Retreivers to anyone! Chuck is an amazing guy himself who's very knowledgable about his dogs !
Submitted by: Jim Heuer on Aug 16, 2016
I got a male pup out the Bosun x Penny litter born Aug. 10, 2014. Danny Boy is an 85# dog that has it all- great looks and confirmation, athleticism, trainability, scenting ability, hunting instinct, drive and a great temperament. Read the Chessie description and that is him. He is the friendliest dog I have ever owned with a very comical personality. On top of all that, he excels on both waterfowl and upland game. Chuck runs a top notch program and I do not hesitate to recommend his kennel for the astute dog owner.
Submitted by: Greg Schmitt on May 01, 2016
Anyone interested in a Goldeneyes pup please take the time to read this as I have so many GOOD things to say. I have been a fan of Goldeneyes Retrievers for over a decade. I purchased a male Chesapeake pup from the Hunter x Jada litter in January of '16. This was a breeding Chuck facilitated between two dogs raised at this kennel. I had visited the kennel a few times in the last year and a half anticipating a purchase sometime soon. Needles to say my head was spinning as there were so many proven combinations and promising up and comers. By November of '15 I called Chuck to "get on a list" as my old dog was starting to slow down. We discussed what I was looking for and timing was right for this litter. I am so happy with this pup! I get a ton of compliments on his looks and temperament. Trainability, Tenacity, Temperment, and good looks are bred into these pups! The rest is up to you and I!

Now onto other things I have noticed. You will find awesome customer service with questions before and after the purchase. Lots of referrals and repeat customers, that says a lot right there! Jada had some difficulties with the litter I got a pup from. Chuck and Patti's dedication shined as the pups took a lot of attention and were essentially hand raised! That is not easy, especially in the heart of winter! I stopped by with the pup late winter and had a great conversation with Chuck and admired some more dogs, steering one of my best hunting buddies towards a lab puppy. A young couple stopped by on a Friday night. It started as a social visit and before you know it Chuck was mentoring them on training dogs right then and there. I would also like to point out the "Illinois" crew involved with Goldeneyes. I really admire their dedication to the program. Goldeneyes Retrievers facebook page says it all. "Community" Its really nice to follow some of the dogs as they progress. Good luck in your process of purchasing a pup! I am guessing your head will spin too as there are so many great dogs!
Submitted by: Chad Brigham on Mar 28, 2016
I have bought dogs from chuck, bred my female to his dog bosun twice and currently have one in training. Repeat customers is what says the most about people.
Submitted by: Otter Decoy Company on Mar 19, 2016
I spent close to a year searching for a Chesapeake breeder all across the country. I talked to no less than 30, and decided on Goldeneyes. I couldn't be happier with my decision, Chuck is a very passionate person for this breed, full of knowledge.

I explained that I own a waterfowl decoy company and need a special dog when I take clients out. I am looking for a dog that can handle 50-60 retrieves a day, whether it is warm early September or bitter cold late January.

I am very happy with my female "Charlie", she is showing signs of being that special dog. I have had both labs and chessies before, she is been the easiest so far. She is going to get trained by Chuck, I am expecting greatness from her.

I can't say enough about Goldeneye Retrievers, you won't be disappointed.

Rob Stroda
Owner Otter Decoy Company LLC
Muscatine, Iowa
Submitted by: Matt Heitmann on Feb 18, 2016
We purchased our chocolate lab pup Crocett from Chuck and have been more than pleased with the experience! In talks on the phone and in person,Chuck answered my questions and offered his advise for well over 2 hours. I am very impressed with the way he does business. knowledgeable and friendly he was a joy to deal with. I will definitely recommend Goldeneyes to anyone interested in a great dog buying experience!
Submitted by: Dan Holven on Dec 21, 2015
We were so impressed with our Chessie Jazz that we purchased from Chuck 11 years ago there was no doubt where were would be going for our next pup. We picked up Piper from him this past weekend and she is a spot on Goldeneye's dog. We got to meet Piper's parents and watch Bosun do some retrieves. Chuck has a passion for raising quality Chessies - top notch breeder!
Submitted by: Mike and Shawn Forster on Dec 21, 2015
We got Maya from Gunny and Willow litter and at 11 weeks old she is already wanting to chase birds the nose on this girl is amazing Can't wait to see how she is when she gets older we love this little girl.
We will be back to get our next baby that is for sure.
Submitted by: Bill Pinegar on Oct 08, 2015
From my initial inquiry over the phone, to picking up my puppy, Chuck has been patient, open, and full of information. He's provided countless training tips and his knowledge of the breed is second to none. Chuck knew exactly how she would behave and was spot on in identifying her ability to learn and interact with our family. I could not be happier with my experience or with my puppy (Ruby). Thank you Chuck!
Submitted by: Lisa Pfister on Aug 07, 2015
Chuck and Patti are amazing people and their dog are just as amazing!!! I didn't get to meet Chuck face to face but I talked to him on the phone a few times before I drove four hours to pick up my wonderful Chesapeake Zena and that is when I meet Patti!!!! These are top dogs in my book!!!
Thank you so much Chuck and Patti for my amazing Zena!!!!
Submitted by: Cris Longacre on Aug 05, 2015
I got the best little hunting/fishing buddy ever for my hubby here. We wanted a smart, friendly, and water loving dog. We sure got that in our little Ramar. First day home and into the pond he went. He is swimming now and loves his farm home. My vet says he is a very healthy and great puppy. He is the easiest dog I've ever had to train. I had fun visiting the kennel and everything was clean and inviting. You won't be disappointed with a puppy from here.
Submitted by: Jennifer Lonnevik on Aug 05, 2015
Our girl, Chessa, is 10 weeks. We are very pleased with her personality and eagerness to please. Chuck was amazing to work with; he answered all of our questions (there were a ton). Overall a wonderful experience!
Submitted by: Julia, Bill & Allie on Jul 14, 2015
Our Goldeneye Retrievers are almost 9 weeks old! We have a yellow lab and a black lab from different litters just two days apart. A huge thank you to Ryan Eder for referring us to Goldeneyes! We couldn't be more pleased with Chuck and their facilities. We are having a great time watching their personalities develop! They are little social butterflies and we are enjoying these early weeks with them so far!
Submitted by: Deborah Lundy on Jul 07, 2015
NOAA, our 8 month old Goldeneyes' Labrador, has been a great addition to our family. Loved by and attentive to all, he is smart, athletic and affectionate. Loves the water and retrieves back to hand. He travels well and greets every new situation with enthusiasm and every new person like a long lost friend. The Goldeneyes' team is always available to answer questions, give advice, and offer encouragement with any training questions we might have. I highly recommend these folks.
Submitted by: Stu Smith - Aurora, CO on Jul 07, 2015
Ya know how sometimes you meet people and within seconds just know they are "good people?" Well, Chuck and Patti rank as high as anyone can get in this category! This quality carries over into their pups...Bosun X Brandy are the parents of my 2 year-old female...Nani Koa (Hawaiian for Beautiful Warrior)...this pup has been a go getter from day one! While I do not hunt as much as I would like, Nani is a natural in the field...great on birds! She is my best buddy...and has never been a problem in my house! Would I recommend Goldeneyes Chessies...YOU BET! Give Chuck & Patti a call...well worth your time!
Submitted by: Christie Dykstra on Jul 02, 2015
Thank you, Ryan Eder! Ever since Rudy has come into our home he has been perfect for us!! Rudy is a great sporting dog with incredible retrieving skills as well as natural water instincts.
Rudy can be a real clown at times and knows how to play hard, but on the other hand he can be a perfect little gentleman. Rudy comes to work with me everyday and is outstanding with all of his co-workers as well as all the customers.
The best part about Rudy is the unconditional love, loyalty, compassion, and joy he provides for the entire family. Bottom line is that Rudy is perfect.
We love him so very much!!
Submitted by: Jim and Carla Boies on Jun 29, 2015
Jim and I got "Ben"(our Chessie) last December, what a joy he has been. Still in the training process but he catches on very quickly. You can definitely tell he has some fantastic breeding behind him. Looking forward to this fall, and many hunting seasons after that. Thanks again for such a wonderful family companion~Carla
Submitted by: Jennie Bann on Jun 26, 2015
Our Goldeneyes labrador puppy is now just over 5 months old. She is a typical puppy, with a lot of drive and energy, but she is highly intelligent. Our training has been very easy with an enthusiastic and affectionate dog willing to work with us. Harper was house broke very fast, and is now finishing up basic obedience and early field training. We would recommend Chuck and Goldeneyes Retrievers to anyone looking for an experienced, honest and knowledgeable breeder/trainer!
Submitted by: Ryan Eder on Jun 25, 2015
Chuck is my mentor in retriever training and has taught me a great deal about caring for, raising and training dogs. What sets Chuck apart is his honest and practical approach to his breeding and training program. Whether you are buying a puppy or started dog, or having your dog trained at Goldeneyes he will identify your needs and tell you if he can help or not. If he is not the right fit, he admits it and that is a special quality in a breeder or trainer. With 30 plus years experience, Chuck and Patty are producing exceptional dogs that are ideal for family and/or hunting dogs.
Submitted by: John Sebesta on Jun 25, 2015
Buying a puppy from Chuck has been a great experience. He's been extremely helpful along the way. I couldn't ask for a better dog. Tess is out of Penny x Bosun. Chuck trained her this spring and has been helping me out along the way. I can't wait for hunting season!!!

Thanks Chuck!
Submitted by: Al Koep on May 18, 2015
Thank you Chuck, We could not be more pleased w/ Katie (Jenny x Bosun). Chucks knowledge is extraordinary - He answered all questions (a lot since had been awhile since had a puppy) and was a gracious host of my multiple visits, She is absolutely beautiful with strong retrieving drive and eagerness to please. She has bonded with my daughters and will be a great companion and hunting partner for many years.
Submitted by: adam avinger on Nov 16, 2014
What an amazing dog. She was hitting water retrieves back to foot at 12 weeks. she's such a wonderful family companion as well. She's a Bosun X Jenny puppy! We drove all the way up from Louisiana to get her just before Christmas 2013! Chuck was very hospitable and super willing to show off the parents and how impressive they were! Thanks Chuck! We are lifetime Chessie owners now!
Submitted by: Katie Hamberg on Nov 15, 2014
I just happened upon this site, I bought a pup 5 years ago out of Jenny and Tator. I'm not a hunter, but grew up with three generations of chessies and knew that was the breed I wanted. She is the sweetest girl and absolutely loves retrieving and swimming. You should see her when we arrive at the dog beach :). She gets along great with all dogs and people. Thanks for providing me with such a wonderful companion!
Submitted by: Steven McCartney on Sep 05, 2014
I just wanted to thank Goldeneye Retrievers for my Chesapeake Bay retriever. Otis has been a joy since we brought him home. He went back to chuck for some force fetch and basics retriever skills although he was gone for 4 weeks it was well worth it Chuck did an excellent job with Otis. Chuck breads some excellent hunting/family dogs I would not hesitate to get my next dog from him. Not only is chuck an excellent dog trainer who knows what he is doing, but I also now have new friends.
Steve McCartney
Oswego, IL
Submitted by: Ben Mueller on Sep 03, 2014
My wife and I are extremely pleased with our Labrador pup. The back ground and quality of dog they breed is exactly what we were looking for. In the first month of getting him home heís shown great temperament, quick to pick up on basic training, and is beginning to show a strong retrieving drive while also functioning perfectly living inside the home. Everyone that meets him comments on what a good looking dog he is and I canít wait for the day to get him out hunting! We would recommend Goldeneyes to anyone. An additional appreciation to Ryan for connecting us with Goldeneyes and providing us with details before hand and following up with more information after we brought him home.
Submitted by: David Conrad on Feb 04, 2014
I have had a wonderful experience getting a 4 month old male Chesapeake from Goldeneyes. I have to say after having this pup for 2 weeks he has the heart of my whole family with how smart and loving of a pup Hunter is. He is willing to please and you can tell by him looking at you he is looking for your approval. I drove 8 hours through 40mph winds and blowing snow and would do it allover again! So far very easy to train and cannot wait to brag about this guy come the 2014 hunting season! Thanks especially to Ryan for getting me in contact with Chuck and Chuck for holding onto this fabulous guy until I could come out to get him!

David Conrad
Round Lake, IL
Submitted by: Ashley Anker on Jan 09, 2014
Hello Chuck,
My husband and i bought a dog from you almost three years ago and just found you guys on Facebook. Our dog is out of Tator and Spinner... Goldeneyes Tuff Guy. WE LOVE HIM! he is the perfect dog and everything we wanted. He is a big strong dog (105 lbs) who is incredibly intelligent, a wonderful family dog yet an amazing guard dog. He is a natural hunter, he is a chessie through and through... read a description of the breed and that is him. Thank you for breeding such wonderful dogs! We will be coming back for another in a few years
~~Ashley and Nick Anker
Submitted by: Paul Hansen on Nov 23, 2013
I got Ribeye roughly one and half years ago. She is a Chessy that every hunter dreams of having. The retrieving desire that is fantastic and a great nose to go with it. Chuck I don't know how to thank you for this dog. I have been lucky enough to have already had 2 great dogs. After 2 hunting seasons I realize this dog will be my best ever. Thanks a million. Paul
Submitted by: John Harlan on Jul 19, 2013
Had just a wonderful buying experience Patti was very gracious and showed Us the kennels. Couldn't have been more pleased with Our choice, Pearl is just the most perfect dog I have ever owned. Temperament is awesome can't wait to go find some roosters. Ride home was fantastic girl was socialized just rode in My lap adoringly Love at first sight. Price was reasonable couldn't be more pleased. Stopped at the lake on way home for pee break and Pearl went on point for hot girll in bikini, on the beach I love this dog. Get Pearl trained coming back for another.
Submitted by: Val Walker on Jun 09, 2013
We're the second in our family of duck hunters to get a Chesapeake from Chuck. Our uncle's dog, Switchgrass, is a great-tempered dog who loves to retrieve. So when we needed a new Chessie, we knew we wanted a dog from Chuck. He really knows and cares about the breed, and he breeds strong, healthy, smart hunting dogs. He is a straight-shooter and you can trust him to deal with you fairly and honestly. Chuck has been very responsive whenever we called or texted to check on puppy status over the last few months. Thrilled to be driving home to IL today with our 7-week-old pup today!
Submitted by: Lrd Stanley K on Jun 07, 2013
Best pet /hunting dog I have ever 11yrs old will be in sd this fall she's not a sprinter but she can go all day. Incredible breeding.Would tell anyone to get there next pet/hunter from goldeneye
Submitted by: Matt & Stacy Halling on Jun 02, 2013
If we had to pick 1 word to describe Chuck & Goldeneyes Retrievers it would definitely be "awesome"! We 1st met Chuck in 2011 when we picked out our beautiful male chessie pup, Griz. He was out of Tator & Teala, & was absolutely PERFECT! He was an excellent bird dog & took to hunting naturally. Big, strong & had the greatest personality of any Chesapeake we ever had. We were looking forward to having 2 chessies again when we put our deposit in on another male for this spring's litters. We were very excited, & had kept in touch with Chuck on a regular basis. We were lucky enough to get 1st pick of the males (after Chuck's pick)!! Unfortunately on May 6th our Griz was struck & killed by a speeding idiot right in front of our home. We were devastated... We got in touch with Chuck right away & made plans to check out the new pups the following weekend. We fell in love with the 1 deadgrass male in Bosun & Brandy's litter, not knowing he was the pup Chuck had picked to keep himself. After seeing how much we liked him & understanding the pain we were in from losing Griz, he told us we could pick him!! We couldn't believe it! We brought our boy, Si, home last weekend. He is a legend in the making, couldn't have asked for anything more! We look forward to completing our family with another chessie pup in a year or two, from Chuck, of course! We will never go anywhere else. Goldeneyes Rerievers is a 10 on a scale of 1-5 & Chuck an 11!! Thank you so much Chuck, you are the BEST!!
Matt & Stacy Halling
Submitted by: Breann Osborn on Apr 09, 2013
Just wanted to say thanks to Chuck for such a great puppy! My lab puppy has been amazing! He is super sweet and very smart...He was exactly what I was looking for! Chuck spent lots of time with me and explained a lot about training and his dogs! I would highly recommend him as a breeder for great dogs and his training knowledge!! Thanks again and look forward to working with you in the future!!!
Submitted by: Matt and MaryAnne Higgins on Jan 12, 2013
Hello Chuck and Patricia,

I thought you might like to see a few pictures of Bonne. He has settled in nicely. He is doing his best to wear out his new Uncle Buck, but they have become good buddies. Since his arrival we are now getting LOTS of exercise. He does have the motor of a young pup that just keeps going and going. When he gets to his kennel after our runs, he is out like a light asleep. Now all we have to do is figure out how we can put up our Christmas tree without Boone thinking all the pretty ornaments are not new chew toys. Have a safe and happy holidays.

Matt and MaryAnne Higgins

Lake Geneva MN.

Submitted by: Ryan Eder on Jan 11, 2013
My first Chesapeake pup was from Chuck and Patty. The dog was everything Chuck promised; easy to train, very driven, hardy and a perfect combination of a hunting dog/family companion. I would recommend Chuck to anyone looking for a solid hunting retriever both in the field and in competition, as well as a family pet!
Submitted by: Brodie Wubben on Feb 10, 2012
Chuck is a great breeder and the proof is in his dogs. I purchased a female chessie from them two years ago. Jada is the smartest and most trainable dog I have ever had. The trainability and drive that chucks dogs have is unmatched from any dog I have every seen or hunted around. The first time I had Jada out goose hunting we shot 6 geese and she brought back all six without hesitation. The harder the goose would flap the faster she would run and bring it back. My dog is the best thing I have ever purchased and I would have paid $2000 for her as a pup if I would have known what I was getting.

Submitted by: Melissa Long on Jan 29, 2010
We are leaving Tuesday to pick up our second puppy from Chuck and Patty. Amazing dogs and GREAT hunters!
Submitted by: Jane and Steve Maas on Jan 26, 2010
We just got our puppy shipped from Goldeneyes kennels and found Chuck and Patty to be great to work with. The breeding is solid, the puppy is healthy and we are looking forward to training, showing and hunting with our new dog!

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