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5 Dog Breeds That Love Water and Swimming

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  • 25 July 2017
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Not all dogs are strong swimmers. For owners who haven’t seen how their dogs react to water, it’s important to keep a close eye on them. And because some dogs simply don’t want to get in water, they shouldn’t ever be forced. On the other hand, plenty of dogs absolutely love the water. Not only are they eager to jump right in, but they’re also very good at swimming. Whether you’re thinking about potential breeds to adopt or are just curious if your dog is considered a water enthusiast, here are five breeds that are always ready to have fun in the water:

1. Labrador Retriever

This breed was very popular with fisherman. Given how enthusiastic Labrador Retrievers tend to be about all activities, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that they bring the same level of energy to playing in the water.

2. Spanish Water Dog

With this great name, it would be a big disappointment if there was some strange reason the breed didn’t like water. Fortunately, that’s not the case at all. In addition to being bred as all-around farm dogs, this breed has the same historical popularity as Labrador Retrievers with fisherman. You can count on a Spanish Water Dog to enjoy swimming, as well as dock diving and boating. Even though this dog is a great swimmer, it can still be a good idea to use a doggy life jacket if you’re planning on a full day of being out on the water.

3. Newfoundland

Not only do Newfoundlands have a long history of being great swimmers, they’re known for rescuing people from the water. And thanks to their water-resistant coats, this breed can enjoy going for a swim even when the weather isn’t perfect.

4. Havanese

At an average of ten pounds, this is by far the smallest breed on the list. However, thanks to a lineage that includes coming to the island of Cuba via trading ships, this breed is generally quite eager to hop into the water for a swim.

5. Golden Retriever

This breed of retriever tends to have an absolute blast when they jump into the water. Thanks to their intelligence and strength, you can have a lot of fun playing water fetch with them.

If your dog is one of the above breeds or any other that happens to love the water, we wish you lots of fun on your outdoor adventures together. Just remember that dogs tend to give it their all when swimming, so it’s good to stay relatively close in the event they suddenly tire out. Be sure to have lots of fresh water available to keep your pet hydrated. And after a fun day of playing in the water, your pooch will be ready to chow down on its Pet Wants dog food.