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No water lovers: Ten dog breeds that can only swim to a limited extent

2024-02-21T18:34:43.790Z

Highlights: Every dog ​​can swim, but some breeds are so naturally bad at it that it can be life-threatening. No water lovers: Ten dog breeds that can only swim to a limited extent. Great Danes have very short fur. Despite their impressive size, they freeze quickly and don't like getting wet. Some dog breeds swim particularly enthusiastically and successfully. Other dog breeds are not naturally suited to long-distance swimming. They are often often too small to get through the water easily and stretch their head high up to get air.



As of: February 21, 2024, 7:13 p.m

By: Larissa Strohbusch

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Every dog ​​can swim, but some breeds are so naturally bad at it that it can be life-threatening.

1 / 10The dachshund's little legs are ideal for digging holes.

However, they are a bit too short for paddling in the water.

But there are also said to be some representatives of this breed who still get along well in the water.

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2 / 10The boxer is muscular and athletic, but he can't swim well.

If it tries to keep its flat snout out of the water, its powerful rump sinks downwards.

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3 / 10Stout body and short legs: The Basset Hound is not a good swimmer.

His long ears also get in the way.

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4 / 10Long fur is actually an advantage when swimming.

But not with Chow Chow.

His fur gets soaked and becomes heavy.

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5 / 10The Pekingese is a cute little ball.

However, this makes swimming difficult for him: his body is simply too stocky and his legs are too short.

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6 / 10The pug is similar to the Pekingese.

In addition, he easily gets water in his protruding eyes.

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7 / 10The bulldog is also simply too sturdy to swim.

She also generally has trouble breathing.

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8 / 10The greyhound has the opposite problem: its narrow body does not have enough fat to keep it afloat for long distances.

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9 / 10Some dog breeds just don't like water.

This includes the Rhodesian Ridgeback.

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10 / 10Great Danes have very short fur.

Despite their impressive size, they freeze quickly and don't like getting wet.

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In summer you can see them everywhere on the river: dogs large and small, happily chasing through the cool water or bathing enthusiastically.

Basically, every dog ​​can swim - staying afloat is an innate reflex for them.

Many four-legged friends happily jump into any puddle - others don't voluntarily put their paws in the cool water.

This is often simply a matter of character.

Some dogs have also had bad experiences that spoil their fun.

But race also plays a role.

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Some dog breeds swim particularly enthusiastically and successfully.

Labradors are known water lovers.

In general, retrievers like him enjoy advantages: Their fur is water-repellent.

But their colleagues, the Golden Retrievers, are also well suited for a bath.

Long-haired dogs like her often have greasy fur and airy undercoats.

That gives them a boost.

However, other dog breeds are not naturally suited to long-distance swimming.

Their physical characteristics simply make it too difficult for them.

They are often too small and stocky to get through the water easily.

Flat snouts are also a problem: With them, the dog has to stretch its head high up to get air.

This means it stands horizontally in the water.

This is very strenuous - the dog tires quickly and runs the risk of drowning.

Source: merkur

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