Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Not all dogs can swim
Dogs will do "the paddle" when they are in water, but that doesn't mean that they like being in water, that they're good at swimming, or that they can even stay afloat. Even amongst breeds intended for swimming - like the Labrador Retriever - some individuals will dislike being in the water.
The breeds having problems staying afloat is generally the ones with large, heavy chests and short muzzles. They might swim well enough to splash around in shallow water with a life vest and careful supervision, but some breeds can't even do that.
Bulldogs are the worst breed when it comes to water. They sink no matter how much they struggle to stay afloat, and many breeders and rescues require home checks to make sure that any pools or ponds are fenced off. Some also require an emergency monitor that will alert when something breaks the surface of the water.
~ Maria Sadowski ~