The 5 Best Swimming Dogs
Newfoundland is a great swimmer
Through breeding, CERTAIN dogs have become even more adept swimmers. In a recent article from the Associated Press, it was said that "[dogs] heads are above water, they have a low center of gravity, they have four legs for propulsion, their lungs have a higher capacity than a human's, their fur keeps them warm in water- and many have waterproof undercoats- and some dogs have webbed feet." This got us wondering: What dogs are the best swimmers?
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has extremely strong hindquarters, which is great for swimming.
Even though it may not appear so, the Newfoundland is actually the ideal water dog. They have webbed feet, an oily double dog coat, physical stamina, and large lungs. In fact, in the past, they were used to pull nets through the water for fishermen.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a great swimmer and one of America's most beloved dogs.
This breed of dog was bred in the Chesapeake Bay region of the United States during the 19th century. Historically, they were used by area market hunters to retrieve waterfowl. They have a thick, wavy double coat that helps to protect them in the water, and they have strong hindquarters with webbed toes.
The Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers were originally bred in Scotland during the mid-18th century. At the time, wildfowl hunting was a popular sport and there wasn't a sufficient hunting dog for retrieving game from both land and water. So, Scots mixed the best water spaniels and retriever dogs to create the Golden Retriever.
The Irish Setter is one of the most energetic dogs and loves to swim.
The Irish Setter
The Irish Setter is an extremely, extremely active dog. Many owners report that they need a job to do or an activity to perform, so they can feel fulfilled. One of their favorite activities: swimming.
Bo is the official first dog of President Obama
The Portuguese Water Dog
When experts are pushed to name the absolute best water dog, most choose the Portuguese Water Dog. For centuries, these dogs were taught to herd fish into the nets of fishermen off the coast of Portugal. They were even taken by Portuguese sailors on trips across the Atlantic in search of new land. Today, they are recognized as the ultimate swimming dog and have even found their way into the White House with Bo being the official first dog of President Obama.
All of these dogs have been specifically bred to be the ultimate swimming dogs. However, not all dogs, especially some that we have at home, are strong swimmers. These dogs need a little extra help. If you plan on training your dog to swim or have noticed that he is having problems staying afloat, you should consider a Dog Life Jacket. These life jackets help all pups enjoy the water as much as the world's best dog swimmers.
By: Tim Snyder