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Can all dogs swim?

Saturday, June 23, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Dogs are born with many strong natural instincts including barking, digging and being very affectionate to humans. When is comes to swimming, most dogs fall into one of three categories.  Those that are natural swimmers. and love to be thrown into a swimming pool or lake, those that can be taught to swim and those who won’t go near the water. Water spaniels, golden retrievers, Irish setters, English setters, and the water-loving Newfoundland fall into the first category. They all are all excellent swimmers. This ability is probably genetic and also because they have strong limbs. Dogs that don’t know how to swim are the lovable breeds like bulldogs, dachshunds and boxers. Their short legs can’t keep them afloat. Small dogs such as the Maltese and Chihuahua are sometimes good swimmers, but may become easily chilled or frightened in the water, which can increase the risk of drowning.

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