which dogs are the best swimmers?

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  1. powerquest29
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    Which dogs are the best swimmers?
     
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    Seconded

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    Dogfish?

    -Tom
     
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    Dogfish sound too hard to train to stay on the sunpad and too slippery!
     
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    Thx. Look like real good dogs. Reading thru the site above too.

    Sorry to the dog people for this q, do you teach a puppy to be a strong swimmer, or do they have it or not from instinct?
     
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    Chesapeake's love to swim and work in the water.

    The best like Scupper here are simply born to it and are hard driving:

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    All dogs should be treated as individuals and taken with what you see. Some can start as awkward swimmers and should be introduced to the water with care till they get their sea legs.
    They might struggle to swim like this young pup and a really young dog might force you to go in after them if they run into trouble so use some care:

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    My vote goes to labs , Labrador Retrievers. i used to throw a very distinguishable stone in the water and he would go in , snorkel if he had to and retrieve it!

    Another time,one night while we we camping near a lake, he was too wet to join us in the tent so we left him outside. In the morning the normally sandy beach was littered with stones.

    He really liked to snorkel, at times all you would see is about 6 inches of tail out of the water and wagging. Man he loved the water. He loved boating as well. Very calm and stable in the boat. He really felt at ease watching everything but not running about. At times durring poor fishing he would take a nap.
     
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    Cocker Spanials were bred as swimming retrivers, but to keep thieves and pirates away, Nothing would beat a hungry polar bear (here they are called "drop bears", and a well trained one, that drops out of trees, is the mascot and advertising guru for Bundaberg Rum, a true sailors friend... Chases the chicks onto your boat, carries a spare bottle of Rum... What more does a sailor need?

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    Comparing the Chesapeake (part Newfoundland part ?) with the Lab (part St. John's water dog part ?) is a difficult choice. I'd say strickley from their physical appearences the Lab would win out due to having a smoother coat (hull) resulting in less drag and expeniture of energy. I do know the Lab is possibly the only dog that will dive completely underwater to retreive. I have first hand knowledge with a pet and hunting Lab I owned for 11yrs. of his ability to dive to depts of 8 feet and retrieve stones as if it was just a natural thing to do. I have often seen him sit on the coast on an incoming tide and stare out to sea and all of a sudden jump in and start swimming to a distance where he was almost out of sight. Up to an hour later he'd be back dragging some stick half his size up on the beach. The biggest problem we had with him was newly set lobster pot buoys (In NFLD we set one pot per buoy) He'd go after one and on several ocassions just wouldn't give up no matter how hard i yelled which required me launching the dory and rescuing him in a half drowned coughing state. Other than that he was a most amazing animal, i'm sure he took night classes in the human language--If this were a choice which is the most stubborn--definately the Lab. :) Miss that old stubborn dog --
     
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    Thx again. Remember having a lab around in my youth and he was a good dog. Neighbor had him on the beach all the time. He was on the shy side but warmed up to me quick and would walk me down the beach and he was good at fetching sticks i tossed into the lake for him. I had forgotten him until this post.
     
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    Im a stubborn dog, but i also want a dog i can train to stay on the boat and hopefully not jump off unless we want him to. Need a fun dog for the beach and also marina.
     
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    I've tested quite a few dogs for their ability to swim. Never got to test their swimming tho' they all seem to have a problem ripping their way out of the weighted hessian bag.
     

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    I hope this is a poor joke
     
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