The Best Swimming Dog Breeds
While many dogs enjoy playing in the water, some just can’t get themselves out of the pool. You might think that all dogs can swim, but that’s just not the case. These dog breeds are great swimmers. If you’re looking for a swimming partner or a pup that enjoys staying cool in the warm weather, check out these breeds.
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds for family companionship. They were originally bred for the retrieving game in water. Because of their heritage, the breed is full of excellent swimmers that absolutely love water whether they’re retrieving ducks or toys.
This dog actually derives its name from the German word “Pudel”, which means “to splash.” Hopefully, your Standard Poodle won’t splash you in the eyes. That’s so annoying!
This breed was so accomplished in its ability to save the drowning that there was a time when Newfoundland dogs were required at lifeguard stations along the British coast. That must have been a rather furryBaywatch photo spread.
Irish Water Spaniel
One of the oldest spaniel breeds around today, the Irish Water Spaniel was originally bred as a sporting dog and water retriever. Its beautiful double coat and tight curls help resist harsh outdoor conditions.
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a gundog from the United Kingdom. It was originally used to hunt game both on land and water and has maintained its love for swimming. They are active and outgoing dogs that make great family companions.
Portuguese Water Dog
Once found all along the coast of Portugal, the Portuguese Water Dog was used mainly to herd fish into nets, retrieve lost fishing equipment, and act as a boat-to-boat or boat-to-shore courier. Nowadays the Portuguese Water is just as happy playing in a backyard pool.
The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized spaniel from South Carolina. They have been used to hunt a variety of game on land and in water, but their size makes them suitable for riding in boats and canoes with waterfowl hunters.