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Top 10 Swimmer Dog Breeds


You might think all dogs can swim, but it is not always the case. Some, do not even want to get close to the water! Yet, there are dogs that have been bred for work and water retrieving jobs, and these dogs – to this day – continue to be the best in the waters! Unarguably, in the beginning, all dogs must be treated with care when approaching water as there are dangers and ways you could traumatize your dog!

However, with the right approach, you will not only allow these dogs to be who they truly are, but also give them the possibility to become champions at their craft! And these dogs, they love dock-jumping too!

1) Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

These dogs just LOVE water! They can do great work in water and are very tolerable of cold weather conditions. Dog owners must include water exercises and activities if considering to get a “Chessie”.

2) Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Developed just by the Canadian Labrador Sea coast, they are the water lovers! Their webbed-feet, otter-tails, and double-coats make the Labrador Retrievers excellent swimmers and water workers. They used to catch fishnets and birds on water for the old fisherman of Newfoundland and carried ropes between boats! Being also overly humble makes Labrador Retrievers great companions!

3) Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Crossed with Retrievers and Water Spaniels explains their love for aquatic environments. They have water-resistant outer coats and rarely does water get into their skin, therefore, are greatly tolerant of cold waters and weathers – allow them to enjoy their trait without a doubt!

4) Newfoundland


Are known to be the best swimmers in long-distance. Their heavy coat acts as a protector to icy waters, while their web-like feet help them swim longer distances. And, despite their massive look, their characters are gentle and sweet to a fault!

5) Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

Have been working near and in waters all along. These dogs are known to herd fish into nets as well as being couriers from ships to shore. If you are thinking about getting a Portuguese Water Dog, make room for water activities, as these dogs enjoy doing what they have been bred to do!

6) Poodle


Even their name derives from the German word “Pudeln”, which means “to splash”!

Poodles were bred as retrievers and water dogs, and as a result, you should not keep them away from water for too long. If you are planning on getting a Poodle, allow them some good swims! They will love and cherish you more for the favor!

7) Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Developed since the 19th century to retrieve waterfowl, these dogs, even though the smallest of the retrievers in size, make amazing swimmers and jumpers!

8) Irish Setter

Irish Setter

Great hunters on land and water, they love getting wet for long, long hours! Taking them close to water environments will be a jolly activity for your dog and for you, too!

9) Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

Clever, intelligent and with distinctive water-repellant curly coats, these dogs make for expert water hunters. Think of their love of water whenever you think about adopting a beauty like this!

10) English Setter

English Setter

Once these dogs find water, you will not be able to get them out easily! They are overly energetic, so swimming is one recommended activity!

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