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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

9. Labrador Retriever

Dogs that love water were born to be a swimmer's companion
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A great hunting dog and family-friendly pet, these dogs were bred for hunting waterfowl and have a water-resistant coat, according to The Dog Guide.

10. Spanish Water Dog

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

11. Schipperke

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, according to The Dog Guide. The name Schipperke is the Flemish word for boat.

12. 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, according to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club.

13. Cocker Spaniel

Cockers Spaniels are hunting dogs, and the smallest of the spaniels. They’re very popular pets and are cheerful and active — and they especially love splashing around in the water, according to Vet Street.

14. Vizsla

Dogs that love water were born to be a swimmer's companion
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Originating in Hungary, Vizslas are medium-sized sporting dogs with short coats who love swimming, according to Euro Puppy. They're high-energy, loyal and affectionate.

15. Weimaraners

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Weimaraners are sometimes called the "gray ghost" because of their pretty gray color. They were bred to hunt, and are excellently water retrievers, according to The Dog Guide.

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