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Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are hard working dogs who were developed to retrieve seabirds that had been shot over the icy waters of Chesapeake Bay often to the tune of hundreds every day. They are powerful animals with a great deal of stamina and endurance at their disposal and a powerful love of the water. These intelligent and dedicated canines need a regular exercise regiment, at least an hour a day of vigorous activity, to keep them occupied and to maintain their muscular physiques.
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers were designed to retrieve waterfowl from the ocean; they have webbed feet to help them swim, a thick, otter-like tail that helps them to steer in the water, and thick insulated coats designed to keep them warm in icy oceans. They are typically exceptionally strong swimmers who are happy to swim for hours at a time and are often able to withstand strong currents when swimming in nature that other breeds of dog may not be able to handle. They are also more prone to hip dysplasia than some other breeds and swimming is an excellent way to strengthen the hip muscles without putting as much pressure on the joints themselves.
Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt using GPS and cell phone technology. Many of these areas are fairly remote and having an active and athletic dog along may help you find the hidden container and its contents.
Surfing has become a more popular sport for canines to participate in over the last few decades and a breed that developed to swim in the ocean seems like a likely surfing dog.
Chesapeakes love being in the out of doors and while they are generally attentive they are a little less prone to hyperactivity than some of the other retriever breeds making them excellent camping partners.