Labrador Retriever Swimming Ability: What Makes them the Best Dog “Swimmers”


Labrador have a special and innate passion for water. They can easily swim and even dive. It is in their blood, i.e. they do not need learning to swim. Labradors can swim at a speed of more than five kilometers per hour.

It is hard to believe, but it is two times faster than the ducks do! Now you may have several questions like “is it real”? How long can they be underwater? What helps them to stay resistant in water? This article helps to lighten the dark of these and other questions.

What Makes them the Best Dog “Swimmers”?

A special feature of the breed is its tail. Thick at the base, it runs in the water, like a wheel. They are not afraid of ice water and never get cold because of its hardening. Some people enen use them as rescuers under the water.

As they are fast and do not require a special learning. Dogs of this breed are ready day and night to dabble in the water. Of the total list, Labradors, like all retrievers, allocates webbed feet. These natural fins make Labrador best swimmers among dogs.

Advice: if you are the owner of Labrador do not afraid to pick him up with you to swimming pool or to lake for fishing


In addition, they will be the best company for young children who are afraid of water or just start to learn swimming. These dogs are always cheerful and dedicated.

History of the Breed

The ancestors of Labrador dogs were dogs of North American Indians. Newfoundland residents have used the descendants of these dogs for hunting, rescue people, pulling chains of cold water. The Europeans who came to the island of Newfoundland, called stunted and hairless dogs Labrador dogs or Labrador. Then, this particular breed of dog bred and trained to help Portuguese anglers.

In the middle of the XlV century, these dogs were widespread throughout the coast of Portugal, and became popular for their excellent ability to swim. They were used as retrievers, giving dropped out networks of fish and even used for rescue work. Therefore, the Portuguese going on a fishing to the coast of Newfoundland, always took these dogs with them.

What does Mean Labrador?

From the Portuguese word “Lavrador” means “employee” or “worker”, therefore the anglers’ dogs coming to Newfoundland, called Labrador.

Some owners crossed them with the St. John’s island dogs and called the small puppies Newfoundland, Labrador or St. Johns dogs. Dogs that were born from this mating were valued as capable retrievers for their water resistance and their saber tails.

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Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.

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1 year ago

My Labs have always been great swimmers but when I swim with them – they always tend to grab my arms or hand to bring them to shore – sometimes they scratch me – I’ve taught them to swim since 6 months – I now only have 1 Lab – with three prior – but everyone of them has tried to grab me when I swim with them – Thank you

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