Nine dog breeds that don’t like water

9 dog breeds that don’t like water
9 dog breeds that don’t like water

MANY people presume that all dogs are born swimmers and love the water, but that is definitely not the case.

Some breeds, whether due to physical build, temperament, or health issues, may not be too eager to dive into a pool or lake.

Here are some dog breeds that often don’t love swimming:


These dogs are swift and powerful on land, but their muscular bodies and deep chests can actually work against them in the water.


These toy dogs often suffer from weakened tracheas as they age, making it more difficult for them to breathe.  

Basset Hound

With their long, stocky bodies and short legs, Basset Hounds aren’t streamlined for swimming. Because of their proportions, their back end tends to sink down, and their front end tends to float up, giving them an inefficient, vertical position in the water.

Shih Tzu

A Shih Tzu’s long, flowing fur might be adorable tied back in bow clip, but the look doesn’t translate well to the water. Some of the ones who go in for a lot of grooming don’t like getting their ears wet.

Hairless Chinese Crested

With little or no hair to insulate their bodies, these pups are very sensitive to cold temperatures, meaning they can chill easily in the water. Even for dogs with hair, water temperature is an important consideration. Dogs have a higher normal body temperature than humans—about 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit on average —so water that feels warm to us may feel cool to a dog.


Some Greyhounds may thrive in the water, but as a breed, swimming is generally not their strong point.


With their long bodies and short legs, Dachshunds have to work harder to swim and stay afloat than many other breeds. That’s not to say they can’t learn to swim, but they might not initially feel comfortable in pools or lakes where their feet don’t touch the bottom.


Thanks to their flattened snouts, Pugs often have breathing problems, which stem from narrowed nasal passages, a long soft palate, an unusually narrow trachea (windpipe), or other anatomic abnormalities. While some Pugs may enjoy the water, many panic when faced with a strenuous physical activity like swimming.

French Bulldog

Like Pugs, French Bulldogs are brachycephalic, or short-snouted, so they are typically not big fans of swimming.

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