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Top 5 Water Dog Breeds

by Philip Mckinney
Top 5 Water Dog Breeds

Many people think that all dogs are born with the ability to swim. In actuality, that is false. Most dogs will attempt a doggy paddle if they fall into the water, but not all dogs are good swimmers or can stay afloat.

But there are several breeds that do well in the water. According to Wikipedia, “water dogs” are a traditional breed of dog that were used by early seafarers to retrieve items that had been lost at sea as well as to send messages between boats. They were well-known to the Romans, who gave them the nickname “lion dogs” due to the way they trimmed their coats.

The following are the top water dog breeds for you if you like to visit the beach and want a canine companion for your water activities:

Newfoundland Dog Breed

The Newfoundland dog breed developed on the Newfoundland coast and was a well-liked working dog on both land and water, so don’t be fooled by its size. Its duties include saving drowning swimmers and pulling ropes from ships to land. In fact, because they were so effective at saving drowning victims, Newfoundland dogs used to be required at lifeguard posts along the British coast.

Labrador Retriever Dog Breed

One of the best swimming dog breeds is the one most common in America. This is most likely because the ancestors of the modern Labrador Retriever were well-liked fishing and retrieving dogs from Newfoundland and Labrador, a province on Canada’s Atlantic coast close to the Labrador Sea.

Top 5 Water Dog Breeds

Top 5 Water Dog Breed

Irish Water Spaniels Dog Breed

Irish water spaniel dog breeds are exceptionally good swimmers that are also playful, loving, and trainable. Generally speaking, an eager-to-please Irish water spaniel gets along well with both kids and other dogs.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Dog Breed

The only retriever dog breeds bred in the United States are those from Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay’s rough, usually icy waters were made for this sturdy gundog’s oily waterproof coat, strength, and endurance. This adaptable, vivacious breed thrives in active, outdoor-loving households. They make the best support dogs because of their kind and calm demeanor.

English Setter Dog Breed

The English setter dog breed is a medium-sized hunting breed with a long, silky white coat with varied speckles that requires care. English Setters are frequently more comfortable in water than on land. It was developed as a bird dog on the English moors to point and retrieve games.

Not Every Dog Can Swim

Despite the fact that your dog’s breed has already been discussed, don’t presume your dog can swim. Every dog must learn to swim, and it takes time and effort for them to become comfortable in the water. Take your time and teach your dog how to exit the water if he becomes tired or scared, whether by jumping into a boat or racing to the shore.

Last but not least, be on the lookout for potentially lethal creatures around or in bodies of water. Dogs may be considered tasty snacks by snakes, alligators, and sharks. Your dog may also be impacted by parasites, algae, and bacteria. Exercise caution when introducing your dog to unfamiliar bodies of water, and take him to the doctor if he seems sick.


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