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Need a Swimming Partner? These Dog Breeds That Love the Water are Perfect

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Dogs that love water were born to be a swimmer's companion

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.

More: Telling the difference between these look-alike dog breeds is tougher than you think

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.

1. Newfoundland

Dogs that love water were born to be a swimmer's companion
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It may come as a surprise, but this big working dog is a strong swimmer, according to Vet Street, with a sweet nature.

2. Standard Poodle

The history of Standard Poodles reveals that they were retrievers and water dogs, according to Paw Culture.

3. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Dogs that love water were born to be a swimmer's companion
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This breed with a wavy coat was developed along the Chesapeake Bay and originally hunted waterfowl in rough conditions, according to dogtime.com.

4. Irish Setter

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.

5. English Setter

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

6. Golden Retriever

Dogs that love water were born to be a swimmer's companion
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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, says Totally Goldens.

7. Irish Water Spaniel

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.

8. Portuguese Water Dog

Dogs that love water were born to be a swimmer's companion
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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.

Up next: More dog breeds that are great swimmers

Originally published January 2014. Updated January 2017.

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