Ask The Dog Guide: Swimming Siberian Husky

July 28th, 2008 by Dan

Are Siberian Huskies known to be very good swimmers. I’m on my third Husky and although all would play in and swim a little, my current Husky swims as good as any Lab I’ve ever seen. He will swim around for 15 to 30 minutes without coming to shore to rest. I also have children now and he loves to swim with them, I thought this might have encouraged him.I can see with their large feet ( and hair between paws could give a web affect )and their hollow haired top coat could make them good swimmers.Your thoughts?


Many breeds that are not typically swimmers have individual dogs that enjoy the water. It sounds like this is the case with your Husky. The Siberian Husky was bred to pull sleds in freezing cold temperatures. If they took to the water in that climate, they would end up perishing due to their coats freezing.

Siberian Husky Swimming

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However, for Huskies not living in harsh weather, swimming may be a very enjoyable activity! I’m sure if your dog has a close relationship with your children, he wants to be where they are – on water or land. If you live in a location with hot summers, your dog has probably realized that swimming is cooling and thus pleasant. As a breed, the Husky is athletic and has powerful limbs that would make swimming easier for them.

One Response to “Ask The Dog Guide: Swimming Siberian Husky”

  1. Helen Says:

    hello, i live in Ireland, Winters are quite cold but not extremem. just wondering if it is ok to let our 18 month old Siberian Husky in for a swim in our local river.


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