Dogs That Do The Doggie Paddle

Some dogs just love the water and know their way around the wet stuff. These 15 dog breeds are those water-loving pooches!

You might think that all dogs can swim, but that's just not the case. These 15 dog breeds are great swimmers, and love to get their feet — err — paws wet and do a little bit of the doggie paddle.

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Newfoundland

Newfoundland

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It may come as a surprise, but this big working dog is a strong swimmer with a sweet nature.

2

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

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The history of Standard Poodles reveals that they were retrievers and water dogs.

3

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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This breed with a wavy coat was developed along the Chesapeake Bay and originally hunted waterfowl in rough conditions.

4

Irish Setter

Irish Setter

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Another hunting dog, Irish Setters love the water. They were bred from a mix of other dogs, including the Irish Water Spaniel.

5

English Setter

English Setter

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A dog that loves to be active (and that need plenty of exercise), English Setters also love the water.

6

Golden Retriever

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When you think of dogs and water, the Golden Retriever almost always comes to mind. Their coats are even water-repellent.

7

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

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This dog is known to be intelligent and strong, with a water-repellent double coat. It’s also the tallest spaniel breed.

8

Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

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Portuguese Water Dogs are able to swim all day, and are loyal workers and companions. President Obama and his family are fans of this breed.

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