8 Water-loving dog breeds

American Water Spaniel

These medium-sized canines can retrieve on land or water. They're eager to please, like most spaniels. Instead of "pointing" at prey, they "spring" it so a hunter can recover it.

Chesapeake Bay

These dogs were bred to retrieve bay birds. Chessies are good retrievers, trackers, and obedience dogs. Their short, woolly hair is wavy on the shoulders and back to help them swim.

Curly-coated Retriever

Their curly black or liver-colored coat comes from the French Poodle. Curlies love water, probably because they're duck-divers. They're terrific pets and retrievers.

Flat-coated Retriever

Labrador and Golden Retriever temperament. Bright, eager, energetic, and good hunters. Medium-length, glossy, dense, full, straight coat. This dog resembles a black or liver Golden Retriever.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are famous due to their charisma, energy, and intelligence. They're terrific pool or beach companions because they get along with everyone. If they can't swim, Goldens roll in mud puddles.

Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel enjoys water. Due to its curly, water-resistant coat, Irish Water Spaniels are sometimes mistaken for Poodles. The body is covered in liver-colored, coiled hair, hind legs are smooth and short.


The Newfie is a large dog similar to the Great Pyrenees, with black, brown, grey, or white fur. Perhaps fisherman brought these canines from Newfoundland. They can help fisherman and rescue drowning victims.

Portuguese Water Dog

This dog herds fish into fishermen's nets. They collected missing gear and relayed messages between ships. The Portie resembles a Poodle but has curly or wavy coats.

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