Dog breeds That Swim
It’s often said that all dogs are born knowing how to swim— at least knowing how to do the so-called “dog paddle.” While that may not be true (and a good reason why you should never just toss a dog into a lake, pool or ocean), there are certain breeds that are often more adept at swimming. These dogs have generations of ancestors in their blood that were bred to retrieve from water. Here are just a few of those dog breeds…
1. Standard Poodle
This dog actually derives its name from the German word pudeln, which means “to splash.” Hopefully your Standard Poodle won’t splash you in the eyes. That’s so annoying!
Don’t let its size fool you, the Newfoundland breed hails from the coast of Newfoundland, where it was a popular working dog, both on land and water. Among its chores, towing lines from ship to land in choppy seas and rescuing errant swimmers. In fact, the 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 furry Baywatch photo spread.
3. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is often regarded as the toughest of the water retrievers. Many “Chessies”, as they are sometimes affectionately called, actually swim and dive into ice cold water. This is probably because their coat, which is nearly waterproof, consists of a dense undercoat and a rough, wind-resistant outer coat.
4. English Setter
English Setter often feel more at home in the water than on land. It was originally bred as a bird dog to point and retrieve game in English moors.
5. 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.