Having dogs on boats that easily adapt to a water environment will be more enjoyable for both the dog and the owners. Centuries of breeding certain dogs as water dogs help them become accustomed to boating and spending time on a boat.
Choosing Dog Breeds for Boats
While many people prefer to have small to medium sized dogs on boats due to tight quarters, choosing a dog that is bred to be near the water is also wise. Dogs that are natural swimmers will enjoy their time on the water and be great companions onboard a boat or on land.
According to the DogGuide.net there are many dog breeds that are ideal for boats because they are good at swimming and love the water.
Schipperke. The Schipperke is a small dog that ranges from 7-20 lbs that is very comfortable on the water and loves to swim. The Schipperke breed is also known as “Belgian barge dogs”, as they were used for security and to keep the boats free of small pests.
Labrador Retriever. Considered the most popular dog (by registration) in the world today, the Labrador Retriever is bred for hunting Waterfowl, which makes them a natural swimmer.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Medium sized red dogs, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are always up for a good game of fetch – especially in the water!
Spanish Water Dog. A Spanish Water Dog is a high-energy breed with a strong herding instinct that makes an excellent assistant to fishermen.
Irish Water Spaniel. The Irish Water Spaniel is one of the largest of the Spaniels. They are a working breed bred to work in water with webbed feet that aid in swimming.
Newfoundland. Newfoundlands are a large breed renowned for their work in water rescue and were originally bred to pull in fishnets and other heavy equipment.
Irish Setter. The beautiful red Irish Setter is a breed with an active lifestyle and always enjoy a good wade in a pond or stream.
English Setter. English Setters resemble Irish Setters, but with speckled coats. A great family pet breed, English Setters need lots of activity and enjoys releasing energy through swimming.
Golden Retriever. Golden Retrievers are very popular family dogs that are so drawn to water that it’s difficult to keep them from swimming if there is a lake or stream in sight.
Portuguese Water Dog. The Portuguese Water Dog is a medium sized breed of dog that was originally bred to drive fish into fishermen’s nets, retrieve lost tackle and nets, and to carry messages from ship to ship, or from ship to the land.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (or “Chessies”) are believed to have started with the pairing of two Newfoundlands who were then selectively bred to other dogs. Chessies have a wavy double coat that naturally repels the water, along with webbed toes for swimming.
If you are taking your boat to a new marina or choosing a new home port, you can check for marinas that offer dog walking trails and other dog conveniences by using advanced searching tools from MarineFuel.com’s e-Marina that will show you pet-friendly marina facilities.
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