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Can All Dogs swim?

Monday, April 4, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

dogs-waterWell, we know all dogs can bark, they can chew, dig and also can sense an eerie presence but could they all swim? The answer is yes. All dogs can swim and some breed have excellent aquatic abilities. Some of these breeds are Retrievers, Spanish Water Dogs, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Setter, Portuguese Water Dogs and the Newfoundland. All of these breeds have outstanding swimming abilities. Some of these breeds are even web footed. These breeds don’t need any swimming lessons. If you are a person that loves the water, then one of these breeds are for you. They love diving and chasing after their dog toys in the water.

Not all dogs love the water but like humans, they have an instinctive ability to start paddling. There are a few dogs who get very nervous in the water. If you see a dog slapping the water and trying to use his front legs to get out, then always put  a flotation device on him if he has to be near water.  Dogs can swim but not all dogs are good at it. Don’t assume that your dog will be a great swimmer and love the water. Carefully observe him around water at a young age to determine his aquatic abilities.