Dogs that love to swimGenetics, of course, have a part to play; we can find examples of dog breeds naturally inclined to flourish in the water, making exceptional swimmers. Breeds of dogs in this category, include:
Irish Water Spaniel: tight curly coat, long oval ears and almond-shaped eyes, this dog was originally used in Ireland for game hunting in water and on land. Easy to educate and particularly brave, it's the perfect family dog.
Spanish Water Dog: curly coat in a variety of colours, medium-sized body and elegant appearance. The breed was used in the Spanish region of Andalusia to hunt in the local marshlands. Faithful and very intelligent, it's always on hand to help its owner, even at work.
Barbet: French in origin, the Barbet has a woolly coat as befits a water dog, and is a perfect breed for retrieving in water. Sociable, cheerful and clever, a perfect family pet.
Otterhound: the aquatic hunter par excellence, distinguishes itself by its ability to withstand long periods in freezing water. Friendly and reliable, an ideal partner in emergency situations.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever: this retriever, native to Baltimore, is at ease in the icy waters typical of its territories. Physically robust, a rustic and rare dog.