Water dogs are dogs that were bred to be the partner of crime for hunters. Water dogs are trained to retrieve water fowl such as duck and upland birds without damaging them. They are strong swimmers and love to be in the water for long periods of time playing water games and swimming. Some of the oldest breeds of dogs are water dogs.
A unique feature of many water dogs is that they will have curly coats that are sometimes coated. Because they enjoy being active and are eager to please, most water dogs are easy to train and love being social.
Below is the list of dogs that are known as water dogs. You will see there is an overlap between the breeds that are considered water dogs and the ones that are considered retrievers and spaniels. This is because many retrievers and spaniels DO love playing and working in water which also makes them suitable for the water dog category. Please feel free to let us know if there are other dogs that are not on here that we should be adding to our list.
American Water Spaniel
The American Water Spaniel is, just like other water dogs, a great lover of water. They are skilled at retrieving and hunting. They can also be great family dogs as long as they are able to get a regular dosage of physical and mental stimulation. Just like many other water dogs, the American Water Spaniel has a curly coat that can come in liver, brown or chocolate colors. The coat has a coarse outside layer that keeps this water dog’s skin away and protected from water. The inside layer is used to provide insulation from water and weather. Due to their medium dog breed size, they are great apartment dogs as long as you hold yourself accountable to taking them out on long walks on a daily basis.
The Barbet is one of the French water dogs. They are also known to be retrievers and flushing dogs. This is a rare dog breed that is known to be a joyful and goofy companion. They are very intelligent and, just like many other water dogs, can easily be trained. The Barbet is a prototype for water dogs with his long, wooly and curly coat. This coat will grow long and needs to be groomed on a regular basis. Without regular grooming, the coat can become matted and the Barbet might lose small tufts of hair like tumbleweeds.
Boykin Spaniel is very much a member of the water dogs family. They are known for being a medium dog breed that loves to hunt turkeys and ducks and retrieve them from the water. They are also the state dog of South Carolina. Boykin Spaniel is one of the friendly water dogs that loves to be a great family pet as well. They can easily be trained and love to get to work. They are easily adaptable to different environments as long as they have been trained and socialized from a very young age. They are energetic and have great endurance that lasts them throughout the day. Just like many other water dogs, the Boykin Spaniel needs to have regular exercise and grooming.