In your experience, which breeds of dogs are the best swimmers and which breeds are the worst?
I've recently been teaching my malamute to swim - although not the worst swimmer probably, it does not seem 'natural' to him!
Newfoundlands are bred as water dogs. They are a very large breed though, we had one and at 9 months she was @ 106 lbs. She loved the water and as a breed they are used as water rescue dogs even. The Newfie can actually dive and swim under water for up to 17 second. Over all, a fun and very family friendly breed as well.
Good swimmer is a portuguese water dog, A bad swimmer would be any dog that has never swam before.
True Power Glider - newfies are similar to labs - they are USUALLY great water dogs (labs). We had one though who was similar to a Ferdinand and preferred to watch the clouds pass by rather than swim. She was not adverse to it, just not all that gungho so to speak - great feedback - thanks!
Ameliejanet - great feedback as well - and you are SO right - any dog that has not been taught (as I recently found out) has a bit of fear about the water....so we are working at making Griff the swimming malamute!
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