11 Dog Breeds That Hate the Water

Some dogs can’t wait to get wet—witness all those Labrador and golden retrievers that crash kiddie pools, swim around in lakes, and dive into the sea. But some dog breeds are perfectly content to stay dry. It should come as no surprise that most of these water-shy dogs belong to the Toy group. It’s a big world out there for them, and the ocean, so vast! These breeds would rather sunbathe than swim, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach them. Or just lie back and cuddle on the beach towel. That’s good, too.


  1. Yorkshire Terrier
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Pug
  4.  Shih Tzu
  5. Pekingese
  6. Boxer
  7. Maltese
  8. Pomeranian
  9. Greyhound
  10. Bichon Frise
  11. Dachshund

The Bottom Line

Like all general statements about breeds, there are exceptions to the rule. You may discover that with the right lifejacket, you have a Maltese who can’t wait to get in the water. Or maybe Pekingese can float and they’ve been keeping it a secret for centuries? It’s possible. Just look at that fluff!


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