Leonberger is one of the largest water dogs. These German water dogs were bred as a symbolic dog that would mimic a lion. As a working dog, Leonbergers need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation on a daily basis. They have a thick double-coat and a muscular built. These intelligent dogs have a lot of pride and kindliness in them. These water dogs are used in search and rescue missions and as working family dogs.
Moscow Water Dog, extinct
Moscow Water Dogs are now extinct but used to be one of the few working dogs in the Soviet Union. They were created by breeding Newfoundland males with East European Shepherds. They were used as water dogs for search and rescue mission, but without proper training sometimes ended up biting the people that they were rescuing.
Münsterländer (Large and Small)
Large and small Münsterländers are hunting water dogs. Both of these dog breeds are extremely intelligent and trainable. They have the ability to provide great attention to detail and require a gentle, patient trainer. If the owner is indecisive or appears confused, training these dogs can be quite challenging. These water dogs have strong prey drives and love to reward their owners with productive hunts.
The biggest and drooliest of the all, the Newfoundlands are extremely well-known water dogs. They love to swim and be a part of search and rescue missions. These giants are great family pets who are known for their love and loyalty. These gentle giants are calm and docile. They are strong and love being working dogs. Newfoundlands are great with children and love to protect them.
Nova Scotia Duck Toller
Nova Scotia Duck Tollers are water dogs that were bred for hunting. They are known for their ability to lure waterfowl, such as ducks and other birds, within gunshot range. They are the smallest of the retriever dogs. They are intelligent, alert, and high-energy water dogs. This means that they require daily exercise and tons of mental stimulation.
Otterhound is an old British dog breed. These waterdogs are known for being scent hounds that hunt otters. They are recognized by the American Kennel Club as a vulnerable native breed because there are only about 1,000 of these left worldwide. Originally bred for hunting, these water dogs are large and rough-coated. They have an imposing head and a strong body. They also have webbed feet which helps them navigate through water with ease.
Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dogs are known for being a working dog breed that loves to work and play in the water. They were bred to herd fish into the fishermen’s nets and to retrieve lost tackle or broken nets. Portuguese water dogs also acted as couriers from ship to ship, or from ship to shore. They are also known to be taken by sailors on their voyages which led to many discoveries. Portuguese water dogs are hypoallergenic dogs because they do not shed much at all. They have curly or wavy hair all over their body like many other water dogs.