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

2024-02-23T12:51:51.395Z

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. As of: February 23, 2024, 1:39 p.m By: Larissa Strohbusch, Tierverliebt.de, Landtiere.de. In comparison: advantages and disadvantages of large and small dogs. Photo gallery: The animals of 2024 - Is your favorite animal included?



As of: February 23, 2024, 1:39 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.

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