From the hydrophobic bulldog to the water-loving Labrador retriever, here are the 10 dog breeds that make the best and worst swimmers


Many of us have chosen in recent years to welcome new four-legged friends into our homes — loudly kennel club Dog ownership increased by almost eight per cent – and post-lockdown demand for puppies remains high.

As well as numerous crossbreeds, there are a whopping 221 different pedigree dog breeds to choose from, giving you a lot to think about before choosing the latest addition to your family.

There’s even scientific guidance to seek out, with psychologist Stanley Coren’s book, The Intelligence of Dogs, which ranks breeds on instinct, obedience, and adaptability.

One thing to consider is that some dogs do not do well with water due to a number of physical characteristics, which means they are not meant to swim.

Others, however, love the water – some even have webbed feet to move through seas, lakes and rivers.

Here are the 10 dog breeds that make the best and worst swimmers.

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