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Top 5 Water Dog Breeds

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Many people believe that all dogs have a natural ability to swim. That is factually incorrect. The majority of dogs will try to do a doggy paddle if they end up in the water, but not all dogs are strong swimmers or can stay afloat. 

But there are certain breeds that do really well on water. According to Wikipedia, “water dogs” are an ancient type of dog, used by ancient mariners to retrieve objects lost overboard as well as to pass messages between boats, they were known to the Romans who called them “lion dogs” after the distinctive clipping of their coats.

If you love the beach and you’re looking for a companion to those water adventures, here are the top water dog breeds for you:

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

Don’t be fooled by the Newfoundland breed’s size; it originated on Newfoundland’s coast and was a well-liked working dog on both land and water. Its duties include pulling lines through rough waters from a ship to shore and saving lost swimmers. In fact, the breed was so adept at saving drowning victims that Newfoundland dogs used to be required at lifeguard posts along the British coast.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

One of the best swimming dog breeds is America’s most popular dog. This is most likely because the modern Labrador Retriever descended from a popular fishing and retrieving dog from Newfoundland and Labrador, a Canadian Atlantic coastal province near the Labrador Sea.

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel 

Irish water spaniels have excellent swimming abilities and are also very playful, loving, and trainable. An eager-to-please Irish water spaniel will typically get along well with other dogs and children.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The only American-bred retrievers are Chesapeake Bay retrievers. This rugged gundog was born to work the rough, often icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to their oily waterproof coat, strength, and endurance. This adaptable, energetic breed thrives in active, outdoor-loving families. They have very sweet and calm personalities, which makes them excellent service dogs.

English Setter

English Setter

The English setter, one of the first known hunting breeds, is medium-sized and has a long, silky white coat with various speckles that require some grooming. English Setters are often more at ease in water than on land. It was originally bred as a bird dog to point and retrieve games on the English moors. 

Despite the fact that your dog’s breed was previously mentioned, don’t automatically assume your dog can swim. Every dog needs to learn how to swim, and it takes practice for them to become confident in the water. Take your time and teach your dog how to leave the water in case he gets tired or frightened, whether it be by jumping into a boat or running to the shore.

Last but not least, keep an eye out for dangerous animals near or in bodies of water. Sharks, alligators, and snakes might consider dogs to be tasty snacks. Your dog could also suffer from bacteria, algae or parasites. Take care when bringing your dog to new bodies of water, and consult a vet if he appears ill.

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