I have no experience or interest in hunting but have been looking into getting a puppy. I have two geriatric mutts at home that can't hike or run anymore. I did a breed questionaire and Chesepeake Bay Retreivers were top of the list for our lifestyle. Summers we hike, bike, camp and fish a lot so I think we could keep a dog happy and active. I'm wondering about winter though? Are walks enough to keep a Chessie happy? Does anyone skijor with them or do agility competitions in the winter? I'd be interested in anyone's take on who makes a good owner for a Chessie. Are they happy being pets (as opposed to working dogs)? Thanks!