Top 8 Dog Breeds for Surfing

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Need a furry surfing companion? Any breed of dog can learn how to surf if they like the water, and most dogs do. While some pups are just not built for water sports, such as small breeds like the Shih Tzu, Pug, Pekingese, and Yorkshire Terrier, there are others who can excel at swimming and can learn to ride the waves with the best of them! Dogs, just like humans, need a good sense of balance, be willing to be dunked under water, and have an adventurous spirit! Here are the top dog breeds who are most likely to fall in love with the wooftastic sport of surfing!

Portuguese Water Dog

Of course, the first dog on the list is going to be a water dog. In fact, the first four are. The Portuguese Water Dog is one of the oldest breeds known to be a water lover. They are highly intelligent, their coat is easy to dry, and they have webbed feet like a duck, making them more at ease in the great blue ocean.

Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel was born to be a water baby. With high intelligence and a love for fun, they will spend all day in the surf with you on and off the board. Their coat is basically waterproof, and they’re built to swim, so they may be the perfect surfing pup.

Spanish Water Dogs

Another ancient water dog, the Spanish Water Dog also has webbed feet and loves to swim and work in water. They are also smart and loyal, with an eagerness to please that can’t be beat. Although they are water dogs, they can also herd, so don’t be surprised to see your pooch herding the dolphins.
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American Water Spaniel

With their curly, water-resistant coat, the American Water Spaniel is built for being wet. This furtastic fur baby loves to hunt too, but when surfing, they are totally focused on the task at hand. They were bred to hunt waterfowl, so they were born to swim and will enjoy every minute in the water with you.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever was once known as the St. John’s Water Dog because they hung out at the Canadian coast and helped the fishermen catch the ones that got away. They are also the number one dog breed in the country for over a decade because they’re lovable and smart, and adapt easily to learning new things.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Related to the Labrador, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is also a water dog who loves to swim, fish, and anything else that has to do with H2O. Their coat is curly and waterproof, and their personality is furfect for learning how to do just about anything you want to teach them.

Golden Retriever

Another Retriever, the Golden is one of the most lovable and loyal breeds there are, and they love to do whatever you are doing whether in the water or on land. Their coat is quick-drying, and their big paws make them pawsitively furfect swimmers. Easy to train and cuddly to boot, these pups are pawesome.

German Shorthaired Pointer

Although this pupster is a pointer, they are also super swimmers and have great balance. Tell them to stand still, and they will look like a statue until told to move, so they are great on the board. Their short, sleek coat makes them virtually waterproof, and their energy is amazing.