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Pros and Cons of Dogs Swimming

Updated: Jul 11, 2019

It can be tempting to bring your dog swimming with you. Here's what you need to know about bringing dogs in your pool.


1. Low-Impact Cardio

Swimming is a great low-impact exercise for your dog that will get their heart rate up. It's easy on the joints unlike running, for example. Plus, the pup is still getting exercise right in your own backyard!

2. The Heat

In the heat of summer, it's not always safe to take your dog for a walk or run. If the black top or cement is too hot for your bare feet to walk on, it is also too hot for your dog. Swimming is a great alternative that will also help cool your dog off.

3. Fun

Swimming is extra fun for swimming breeds. If you're comfortable with your dog swimming, let them!

Top Swimming Dog Breeds

1. Newfoundlands

2. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

3. Irish Setters

4. English Setters

5. Golden Retrievers

6. Irish Water Spaniels

7. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

8. Portuguese Water Dogs

9. Labrador Retrievers

10. Spanish Water Dogs


1. Hair

Dogs that shed can be hard on your pool's filter system. You made need to do some extra skimming the next day. You can also try skimmer socks to catch the dogs hair before making it to the filter system.

2. Nails

Pool owners may be concerned that their dog's nails could tear their vinyl liner. The good news is that dogs tend to leave the pool the same way they entered: the steps. With that being said, if your dog is tall enough to stand in your pool, their nails may be a danger to the vinyl liner floor.

3. Drinking Pool Water

Dogs may become sick from ingesting too much pool water. This is due to the chemicals used to keep the pool clear. If your dog is going overboard on pool water consumption, it is best to limit their swim time.

Dogs That Aren't Great Swimmers:

1. Bassett Hounds

2. Siberian Huskies

3. Alaskan Malamutes

4. Bulldogs

5. Pugs

6. Daschunds

7. Pekingese

8. Shih Tzu’s

9. Chows

10. Doberman Pinschers


By the way, Angie's loves to see your pups in the store! All dogs are welcome to visit on a leash. They might even be featured on our Facebook page!

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