Can Boxer Dogs Swim?

Can Boxer Dogs Swim?

Can Boxer Dogs Swim?

Boxers can swim, and swimming is good exercise for them, although swimming sessions should be kept short. Swimming can be used to condition a dog for the show ring or as physical therapy for dogs with degenerative myelopathy, a progressive disease of the spinal cord.

The American Boxer Club recommends use of a good-quality canine life jacket to ensure safety while swimming. Dogs need to be taught how to enter and exit water safely and should not be left unattended near a pool. Because boxers do not have tails to serve as rudders, they need extra practice in learning how to turn in the water.