The Dog Breeds That Donโ€™t Like Water

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The Dog Breeds That Donโ€™t Like Water

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Certain breeds of dogs such as Golden Retrievers and Labrador love getting wet. The moment they see a kiddie pool, lake, sea, or any water body, they donโ€™t think twice about jumping in. While this may sound surprising to you, there are breeds of dogs that donโ€™t like water at all. These canines prefer to soak in the sun rather than get wet. Certain breeds of dogs such as Golden Retrievers and Labrador love getting wet. The moment they see a kiddie pool, lake, sea, or any water body, they donโ€™t think twice about jumping in. While this may sound surprising to you, there are breeds of dogs that donโ€™t like water at all. These canines prefer to soak in the sun rather than get wet.Here are seven dog breeds that dislike water:

  1. BoxersAccording to the American Boxer Club, these canines are not known to be good at swimming. Due to their deep chest and lack of tail, they donโ€™t have the build to swim, unlike other canine breeds. On the other hand, you can teach them how to swim if you are willing to put in the effort (treats and time).
  2. Basset HoundBasset Hounds are not natural swimmers because of their short legs and stocky and long bodies. When they are in water, the back part of their body starts to sink while the front half floats. As a result of this, Basset Hounds are in an inefficient and uncomfortable vertical position.
  3. DachshundDachshunds find it quite hard to swim because of their short legs and long bodies. Due to this body structure, they have to put in extra effort to stay afloat and swim. If you put a Dachshund in water, it wonโ€™t be comfortable because its feet canโ€™t touch the ground. However, with patience, you can teach Dachshunds to like water.
  4. Hairless Chinese CrestedAs these breed of canines lack hair for insulation, they are extremely sensitive to colder temperatures. It is easy for them to feel cold when they are in water. On top of that as canines have a higher body temperature, Hairless Chinese Crested will feel cold faster than normal.
  5. MalteseMaltese are another breed of dogs that donโ€™t like getting into water bodies. When they become older, their tracheas weaken. As a result of this, it is much harder for them to breathe in old age. Swimming is a strenuous activity, making it hard for Maltese. Bathing them is the only way to get them near water.
  6. GreyhoundAlthough Greyhounds are the fastest breed of canines in the world, they canโ€™t use that ability when they are in water. They loose balance when they are in water, making it harder for them to swim. At the same time, their lanky, skinny, and long legs make it harder to swim and stay afloat.
  7. PomeranianWhen it comes to activities that require high levels of agility, Pomeranians are excellent. However, it is a completely different story when you put them in water. Due to their short legs, they find it hard to swim.

These are the dog breeds that donโ€™t like water. If you have any questions regarding this topic, feel free to leave a comment below!

5 Dog Breeds That Prefer To Stay Away From The Water

Most people expect their furry companions to be good swimmers. That might not always be the case. It is natural to want your dog to accompany you to the beach and maybe cool off with a swim in the lake. But not all dogs are great swimmers. In fact, some breeds prefer to stay as far away from the water as possible. Although these dogs are adorable, dog parents should take special care to leave them at home or someplace safe when going somewhere with water.Breeds that donโ€™t do very well in water are typically ones that have smaller frames with stubby legs. The way some dogs are built puts them in danger of sinking to the bottom as soon as they enter the water. Here are 7 dog breeds that are not great swimmers while theyโ€™re still adorable.

  1. PugsThese adorable little dogs are famous for their squished in faces and quirky snorts. Dogs that look like this are more commonly known as brachycephalic dogs. These dogs would need to tilt their head upwards in order to stay afloat and doing that would lead to the rest of their body to point downwards, which makes them achieve a vertical position while theyโ€™re in the water, causing them to sink.
  2. DachshundsAlthough Dachshunds can be taught to swim, they arenโ€™t the best contenders in the water. Their stubby legs make it very hard for them to paddle properly. These adorable pets prefer other fun activities inland. Theyโ€™re especially good at burrowing, hunting, and fetching.
  3. Basset HoundsBasset hounds currently hold the record for having the worldโ€™s longest ears. Basset hounds have a dense bone structure and short legs. They can still hunt and track inland as long as thereโ€™s no water in the way. Although they can swim, they arenโ€™t really good at it. They carry two-thirds of their entire body weight in the front of their body and that makes it difficult for them to stay afloat.
  4. BulldogsThese are dogs that also fall into the brachycephalic category. Known to be sturdy and dense, they do much better when theyโ€™re not in the water. They have short legs that make paddling a big hurdle. It also makes supporting their weight very difficult.
  5. MalteseThese are indoor dogs that are satisfied sitting on your lap and looking cute. This breed is capable of swimming and even paddling but there are certain health conditions that may arise from too much time in the water. The Maltese breed is more at risk for acquiring arthritis, rheumatism, and chills. Taking this breed on a swim with you can worsen his predisposed conditions.
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