With a summer hot on our heels, most of us are probably thinking about all those hours we’re going to spend riding the waves off the coast. Whether you plan on setting sail on a yacht or just surfing along the shores, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a four-legged friend in tow. Here are a few dogs who love the ocean and will feel right at home on the water.
If you’re looking for a pup to tag along on your boat this summer but aren’t exactly captaining the Titanic, the diminutive Schipperke is a little with a big bark. Bred to help patrol lake and sometimes ocean vessels, this guy is great at keeping your vessel safe from pirates and pests. He’s kind of stubborn, so he might he go after a shark if you give him the chance.
Portuguese Water Dog
You’ll have a tough time finding one of these but they’re well worth the search. The PWD was designed to help fishermen on the sea drive fish into nets, as well as carry messages from ship to shore. They’re fantastic swimmers and easy to train. As a bonus their coat sheds water easily so you won’t have to worry about constantly toweling them off just to keep them dry. They’re loving dogs who bond strongly to one owner, so if you’re the type to hit the waters alone, these are the perfect pups.
There’s nothing prissy about this guy! The Standard Poodle’s name is actually derived from the German word “pudeln” meaning “to splash.” He loves to frolic through the waves and is one of the most physically agile and fit dog breeds in existence. The breed is exceptionally easy to train, meaning he’ll do well on a boat without you having to worry whether or not he’s going to jump off in the middle of the ocean.
If you fancy hanging closer to the shore on a surfboard rather than out in the sea on a ship then the Labrador Retriever is probably you’re best bet. This guy is a wonderful and versatile pup who excels at pretty much everything you can imagine, including swimming and hanging out on the edge of your board as you catch the waves. He’s a little hefty, but we’re sure you can balance it out. He’s also super friendly, to boot!
We’re going to go ahead and say it: The Newfie is probably, hands down, the best breed of dog for anyone who enjoys spending copious time on or around the ocean. He’s an excellent working dog who loves getting wet and was actually once used as a companion to British lifeguards to help pull drowning swimmers back to shore. He can withstand heavy waves thanks to his size, and he’s really just a giant bundle of joy.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Chessie is an all-around amazing dog with a coat that repels water—plus webbed toes to help him swim in rough currents! He’s virtually designed for the ocean. He’s a highly intelligent pup to boot, which makes him a little harder to train than most, but once he’s got the commands down he’s fiercely loyal and generally prefers to attach himself to one person. He’s also incredibly friendly and high-energy so you’ll never hurt for entertainment with this guy along for the ride.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
While you’d normally find one of these guys bouncing through a lake after a duck, there’s no reason you can’t take one on the boat with you too! He doesn’t take up too much space and he’s always down for a game of fetch in the water. Since birds are naturally attracted to his white markings, you might even be able to wrangle up something other than fish for dinner out on the sea.