While there are some little pups you should keep far away from the water, these breeds are not among them — there are just some dogs that love the water so much, they were born to be swimmers.
If you're looking to adopt a dog that is athletic and loves to jump right in the water, we found 15 breeds that are right up your alley. Just remember: Even dogs that are proficient swimmers sometimes get in over their heads. Always keep a close watch on your dog around water.
It may come as a surprise, but this big working dog is a strong swimmer, according to Vet Street, with a sweet nature.
The history of Standard Poodles reveals that they were retrievers and water dogs, according to Paw Culture.
This breed with a wavy coat was developed along the Chesapeake Bay and originally hunted waterfowl in rough conditions, according to dogtime.com.
Another hunting dog, Irish Setters love the water, according to The Dog Guide. They were bred from a mix of other dogs, including the Irish Water Spaniel.
A dog that loves to be active (and that need plenty of exercise), English Setters also love the water, says The Dog Guide.
When you think of dogs and water, the Golden Retriever almost always comes to mind. Their coats are even water-repellent, says Totally Goldens.
This dog is known to be intelligent and strong, and they need to have access to water to be happy, according to The Dog Guide. It’s also the tallest spaniel breed.
Portuguese Water Dogs are able to swim all day if you'd let them, according to Vet Street. President Obama and his family are fans of this breed.
Originally published January 2014. Updated January 2017.
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