Best Beach Dogs

Labrador and golden retrievers are natural swimmers with water-repellent coats perfect for retrieving toys from the waves.


From standard to toy size, poodles of all kinds adore water play and have nonshedding coats ideal for the beach and surf.


This energetic breed is a strong swimmer historically used to herd fish into nets and retrieve gear from the sea.

Portuguese Water Dog 

The curly coat of the Irish water spaniel naturally repels water and sand, making it ideal for extended romps at the beach.

Irish Water Spaniel

With webbed feet and a weather-resistant coat, the Chessie was bred specifically for waterfowl retrieving in chilly conditions.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The heavy coat and webbed feet of this gentle giant allow it to swim long distances in cold water


Boundlessly energetic, the flat coat retriever will play fetch endlessly in both the water and sandy shore of the beach.

Flat Coated Retriever

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