We’ve been covering special dog breeds that are especially attracted to water. Be it for family sakes, or a job-related situation (e.g. rescue), it’s good to keep these canines in mind. Let’s hone in the last few.
This next unmentioned as of yet dog on the list was catered by a king. Henry the 4th would use a Barbet to look for aquatic birds. Back in the 1500s, this dog was already known among the nobility as a French canine, which might’ve helped to popularize it among the ‘populace’. I
In case some may be wondering about an English king using a non-British implement, since the 12th century, French had been made the official language in the court of the now known united kingdom. It’s how English became the 1st modern language to evolve; why a majority of words have a ‘Latinized’ ring.
But enough about me, let’s get back to the Barbet dog. These pooches have thick manes that curl. That doesn’t help when cleaning them up, since they tend to like wallowing as ‘pigs in the mud’. Thus their ‘mud dog’ nickname. Lastly, just in case, they’re pretty rare to find in America, for those questioning why they hadn’t heard of them yet.
But Newfoundlands (‘Newfs’ for short) are just the opposite in modern popularity. Having a gentle disposition, some may have a hard time pairing this breed to water activity. But this dog was made for rescue. Weighing as much as a good size human, they have an equally matching helpful disposition.
Newfs are in their element when saving a life. Their lungs are especially suited for such tasks. Their air intake volume is well above average. That’s how they could be seen as if effortlessly, carrying people to shore even while swimming long distances.
Ah, but probably the surprise of this list (it was to me), was putting ‘water dog’ & ‘poodle’ in the same breath. Regardless of whether it’s a Mini, Standard, or Toy poodle, they’re really into swimming. Just think about the name, taken from ‘pudl’.
So it now makes sense, when seeing it translating into ‘water splasher’. While we’re at it, if you’ve paid attention to the dog description on these series, you’d notice how many of them have curly hair. That’s not by happenstance. Poodles included, having this fur keeps a dog warm when diving in chilled water.
There you have it. Now you might have a better idea why canines we usually associate as ‘lap dogs’, tend to become so darn happy when allowed to get wet.