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Do All Dogs Know How To Swim?

Do All Dogs Know How To Swim?

The summer season begins and we love going to beaches, lakes, rivers, and swamps with our pets to take a dip. But, are you sure your dog knows how to swim? Are you one of those who think that can all dogs swim instinctively?

Contrary to what many people believe not all dogs know how to swim. It is one of many false myths about dogs. Everyone has the instinct to move the legs to avoid sinking, but the swimming capacity of some races is very limited.

Some dogs love water, but others find it harder. If they want to swim and check if they can swim, do not force or push. Invite him to come to the water with games, retrieve a ball, follow you, follow another dog. Always in a friendly and fun way.

There are dogs that especially enjoy the water. They are dogs that know how to swim instinctively, water dogs in any of their varieties Newfoundland, Golden, Labradors, Poodles.

On the other hand, some breeds of dogs have serious difficulties in the water, the flat dogs like Bulldog, Carlino, the French Bulldog, the English Bulldog, Shi Tzu, Boxer and the woolly bobtail type, since they take a lot of extra weight with water.

Neither fine dogs whose limbs are made to run, like Greyhounds and Hounds. In these cases, although they tend to try to swim, they do not always manage to stay afloat.

Not all dogs know how to swim, nor can all dogs do it with the same skill and/or safety in little-complicated circumstances.

As always it will depend on the individual, their experiences and their way of life, but if we talk about “water dogs”, we can assume without fear of being too wrong that Newfoundland, Golden Retriever, and Labrador Retriever. They are the three kings of the aquatic environment and for the same reasons, the most used in water rescue.


Even with dogs that can swim, we should be very careful if there are currents, obstacles or any situation that does not allow quick and easy access to the shore. Pools are equally dangerous if there is no ladder, but even so, we should show the dog the way out so that it is perfectly localized and generalized wherever it is in the pool.

Have you seen the fenced pools to prevent children from entering? For dogs should be exactly the same, and never leave them unsupervised, even if it is the races that swim.

If we comply with the minimum precautions, swimming becomes the best way to exercise, especially in older dogs or with joint problems. Dogs gain muscle mass easily by swimming, and that is synonymous with joint health.