10 Best Dog Breeds That Love Swimming & Water Activities

Labrador Retriever

A true water enthusiast, the Labrador Retriever is a top-notch swimmer known for its webbed feet and love for fetching in the water.

 Portuguese Water Dog

Bred to work on fishing boats, the Portuguese Water Dog is a natural swimmer and excels in water-based activities.

 Golden Retriever

With a water-repellent double coat and a passion for water, Golden Retrievers make excellent companions for aquatic adventures.

Irish Water Spaniel

True to its name, the Irish Water Spaniel is a skilled swimmer and retriever, making it a favorite among water-loving dog breeds.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Originally bred for waterfowl hunting, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a strong and fearless swimmer.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

This retriever has a unique talent for luring ducks into range, and it's no surprise that it enjoys water play.

American Water Spaniel

A lesser-known water-loving breed, the American Water Spaniel is an excellent swimmer and water companion.


Known for its massive size and gentle nature, the Newfoundland dog is a powerful swimmer and a natural water rescuer.

English Setter

Although not as common among water-loving breeds, English Setters are graceful swimmers and enjoy a dip on a hot day.

 Irish Setter

With its elegant appearance, the Irish Setter may not seem like a water-loving dog, but it enjoys playing in the water just like its retriever cousins.

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