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Posted on 04-03-2018

5 Dog Breeds That Don't Like Water

Are you thinking about adding a new dog to your family? Then you'll want to put some time into researching dog breeds. Each dog breed has its own personality and interesting quirks. You'll want to find a dog that's just the right fit for your lifestyle.

Here at Hamilton Road Animal Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, we celebrate the relationship between dogs and humans. Some people want a dog that enjoys their favorite activities, like swimming or boating. But others don't love the smell of wet dog and prefer a furry friend who won't jump in every lake he sees. That's why we've compiled this list of 5 dog breeds that don't like water. 


These tiny dogs aren't water-lovers. This might be because they get cold easily. Chihuahuas have a lot of personality in a tiny package. The American Kennel Club describes the Chihuahua personality as "charming, graceful, and sassy".  A Chihuahua would rather hang out with you on land than swim in a lake or pool.


Pugs are fun-loving jokesters. However, they don't like a lot of exercise, including swimming. Pugs are happiest just relaxing with their human companions. 

Basset Hound

Bassets are sweet, gentle dogs with long ears and short legs. Their body type makes swimming difficult, and basset hounds usually get tired quickly. However, their friendly demeanor makes them a great family pet for dry land. 


Dachshunds, or "Weiner dogs", also have adorably stubby legs. Unfortunately, these dogs are not good swimmers. They also don't like the cold, so chilly water isn't something they'd enjoy. Dachshunds are smart and do need regular exercise, such as walks. 


These sleek racing dogs may look like they'd be fast in the water, but swimming isn't their favorite pass time. Surprisingly, most greyhounds have a tendency towards laziness. When they do exercise, they'd rather walk with you on land than go for a swim. 

Call Our Columbus Animal Hospital To Learn More About Dog Breeds

For advice on dog breeds or to make a veterinary appointment, contact Hamilton Road Animal Hospital, your full-service veterinarian in the Columbus, Ohio area. Our veterinarians are happy to answer any questions regarding pet health and breeds.

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