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It’s Simple, Just Add Water!

January 8, 2019

Are you always excited to go to the beach?  Or maybe the lake?  It’s fun and exciting, right?  But won’t your trip be more exhilarating if you have a canine companion with you?

Here are the top 10 breeds that will surely give you the best time in any body of water.

American Water Spaniel

Developed in Wisconsin, USA during the 19th Century, the American Water Spaniel is a rare breed.  They originated in the areas along Fox River and its tributary, the Wolf River.  The development of the breed rose when hunters needed a dog that can work in both land and water and is small enough to be easily carried from one place to another and; can endure Wisconsin’s temperature.   Their thick curly coats protect them from the cold temperature of water and snow.


Friendly, obedient, and intelligent, this French water dog is perfect for waterfowl hunting.  Back in the 16th Century, Henry IV hunted waterfowl with his Barbet.  Barbets are bred as swamp game retrievers and are nicknamed “Mud Dogs”.  They require lifelong obedience training and daily exercise to keep them mentally and physically fit.

Boykin Spaniel

This medium–sized spaniel is a perfect addition for an active family. Boykin Spaniels were originally bred to hunt wild ducks and turkeys in Wateree River Swamp in South Carolina.  It is hailed as South Carolina’s state dog and they even celebrate Boykin Spaniel Day every September 1st.  Also called Swamp Poodle, they are eager to please their family members and love attention so much.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chessies were developed in the Chesapeake Bay during the 19th Century to retrieve waterfowl. They are known for their natural love of water and make great hunting companions.  In addition, they also fit perfectly as a family pet because of their happy disposition.

Curly–Coated Retriever

Also called Curly, this breed of dog originated in England for upland bird and waterfowl hunting.  The 1984 International Encyclopedia of Dogs stated, “This dog’s delight is swimming”.  So if you are to cross streams and rivers, he will be a valuable cohort.

English Setter

Amiable, sweet, and a gentlemanly dog, the English Setter is named after its practice of ‘setting’ or crouching low when hunting birds.  As of today, a significant number of the English Setter is still used as hunting dogs though several families have already kept them as companions.

Flat–Coated Retriever

Originating from United Kingdom, this gundog was bred to hunt game in both land and water.  Over the years, Flat–Coated Retriever had maintained its love for swimming.  Because they are energetic and water–loving, make sure to go swimming with them on a regular basis to keep them physically fit and to help drain off excess energy.

Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel is the largest and oldest amongst the spaniels.  They are, however, already rare as of today.  They were used as water dogs and will require constant mental and physical stimulation if to be kept as a family companion. Otherwise, an unexercised Irish Water Spaniel will mean a mischievous spaniel.

Portuguese Water Dog

Originating from Portugal, the Portuguese Water Dog was developed to herd fish into the nets.  They are highly intelligent that they can swim out to retrieve broken nets and lost tackles.  They are indeed the fisherman’s friend.  As of today, this hypoallergenic dog of water is rarely owned in the United States, although former President Barack Obama, have two, Sunny and Bo.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador is the most famous and most favorite family pet in several countries.  They are known for their gentleness and calmness.  The Lab is one of the breeds that were originally developed to retrieve waterfowl even under the most difficult situations.  He is an excellent swimmer that can outlast you every time.  Labs are known to have originated from St. John’s water dog, no wonder he loves water.

Once you have decided which amongst the natural swimmers on the list is best for you, it’s simple, just add water!