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Dogs and Swimming


A question I am often asked during the summer is whether or not all dogs instinctively know how

to swim.  Many breeds of dogs, such as Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and


Portuguese Water Dogs are both physically built and genetically wired for swimming, while


many other breeds do not fare nearly as well.  Dogs with deep chests, such as Boxers,


Weimaraners, and Great Danes are naturally top heavy, and may or may not be strong enough


to make up for this natural imbalance.  Brachycephalic, or “smushy-­faced” breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers tend to be very poor swimmers and are common victims of


drownings.  While some of these dogs may enjoy the water, my recommendation is to only allow


swimming if the dog is wearing a life ­vest, on a leash, and very closely supervised.




While Dachshunds are not generally a water-­loving loving breed, our little Grendel is a skilled


and enthusiastic swimmer! That being said, she has yet to figure out how to budget enough


energy to return to shore before running out of energy. This is not an uncommon problem, so


dog owners should be certain to teach their dogs how to reach the side of the pool and climb out


unassisted. Consider installing a doggie pool ramp and teaching your dog where it is and how to


use it.  Dogs that swim in natural bodies of water must be taught to return to you on command


without exception.  Since Grendel will not do this consistently, she is only allowed to swim in the


bay attached to a long, extendable leash.  As she ages, we are more inclined to add the life


vest.  It is important to remember our dog’s changing physical abilities as each new summer


rolls around.  Dogs that are elderly, blind, deaf, or prone to seizures must never be left

unattended near any bodies of water or unfenced pools.




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