When it comes to going to the beach, not all dogs are the same. Yorkshire Terriers, for example, are obviously adorable, but most of them won’t have fun playing in the waves while you paddle out for a surf session. on the other hand, there is no shortage of water-loving breeds that will be more than happy to run in the sand or swim for a piece of wood on the beach.
Pro tip: Before you take your pet to the beach, make sure your chosen destination is dog-friendly. don’t worry. If there’s a human-only beach you’re dying to visit, go for it. just book an awesome pet sitter, pack the sunscreen, and hit the road happy.
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note: just because these races love the water doesn’t mean the ocean isn’t a dangerous place. Always keep an eye on your pet while they are in the water and be careful not to let them swim too far.
1. chesapeake bay retriever
It’s no wonder these beautiful dogs love the seashore. After all, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers were bred to swim in the cold, deep, and sometimes turbulent waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Their webbed feet also give them a swimming advantage.
2. labrador retriever
the labrador retriever is the most popular breed in the united states for a whopping 25 years in a row. descendant of st. John’s water dog who worked with a Newfoundland fisherman, Labs can’t get enough of the ocean. Plus, their friendly, loyal temperament and easy-going nature make them ideal for trips to crowded beaches.
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3. Portuguese water dog
You may have heard of this breed when the Obamas chose Bo, their Portuguese Water Dog, as the White House family pet. Bred to dive for fish and retrieve broken nets, this breed also watched over ships in port and delivered messages to fishermen. Due to this history, these dogs will run to the water whenever they can.
4. american spaniel
This curly-coated dog grew up in Wisconsin, where he used to hunt and fish. Just as their name implies, American Water Spaniels are crazy about swimming. In addition, this breed has a water-resistant coat that facilitates drying when it is time to go home.
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This hardworking hound is quite rare these days, but very distinguished. With substantial webbed feet and a thick double coat, the sighthound loves to swim and can handle even the coldest of waters. Bred to hunt otters, these dogs are big, friendly, and have a famously deep voice.
6. great dane
These gentle giants won’t run into the water with the same energy as other breeds, but they love to bask in the sun with you. in fact, they’ll snuggle up next to your beach towel for hours. Great Danes are known not only for snuggling but also for their heat-seeking nature. they can withstand even the hottest days with ease.
7. german shorthaired pointer
These active dogs can do just about anything, from agility to hunting to trotting alongside you. however, did you know that German Shorthaired Pointers were bred to retrieve water? With a short, waterproof coat that helps regulate their temperature, this breed can swim for hours. Plus, they love to jump off docks, rocks, and the sides of boats.
8. golden retriever
These friendly furry dogs are very popular with families for good reason. they are active, loyal and incredibly sweet, and they love water. pack your golden retriever for the beach and you will have a happy dog on your hands. Like other retrievers, they love to swim and have a powerful physique that helps them glide through the water with ease.
9. boykin spaniel
Hailing from South Carolina, this lesser-known (but handsome!) spaniel boasts a small to medium size that makes him an ideal companion on boats. Additionally, the Boykin Spaniel was bred to hunt on shore and in the water, so this breed is very comfortable swimming.
brandie gonzales oversees all things pet lifestyle as well as consumer public relations at rover.com, the simple and smart way to find and book a dog sitter in your neighborhood.
Originally published June 2016. Updated May 2017.