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15 Dog breeds that are great swimmers

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 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!


Labrador Retriever

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A great hunting dog and family-friendly pet, the Labrador Retriever was originally used in work next to fishermen, and has a water-resistant coat.


Spanish Water Dog

Spanish Water Dog

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A loyal, affectionate and intelligent pup, the Spanish Water Dog is hardworking and known to be an ancient breed.




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The enthusiastic Schipperke, with origins in Belgium, has a nickname: little captain. These small-sized dogs are known for black, coarse coats, and were watchdogs and ratters on river barges. The name Schipperke is the Flemish word for boat.


Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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These dogs with the long name are more agile than other retrievers. They're powerful pups and were bred to work in icy waters.


Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

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Cockers Spaniels are hunting dogs, and the smallest of the spaniels. They’re very popular pets and are cheerful and active.




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Originating in Hungary, Vizslas are medium-sized sporting dogs with short coats. They're high-energy, loyal and affectionate.




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Weimaraners are sometimes called the "gray ghost" because of their pretty gray color. There are of German heritage and are bred for speed as a sporting dog.


Some dogs may have the physical capacity to swim, but are afraid of the water, or simply don't know how to swim. There are always exceptions to the rules. Always keep a close watch on your dog around water.

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