The quick answer is Yes, Boston Terriers can and do swim as most dogs are able to swim. A lot of people may not think Boston Terriers can’t swim due to being a brachycephalic breed. Basically having a short, heavier head compared to the body. However, this is not true, Boston Terriers can and actually are great swimmers depending on the training and age of the dog. Look at this photo below of a few Boston Terriers in a swimming pool.
How Long Can They Swim?
Due to their short and heavier heads, Boston Terriers cannot and should not be allowed to swim for great distances or even a long time. But, that doesn’t mean they can’t swim at all, they just have to be limited with their time swimming unlike other breeds such as the Labrador Retriever.
I would say the average distance a Boston Terrier can swim would be about the length of a swimming pool and back. Some can do longer depending on health and weight but remember they will tend to tire out fast and should be supervised.
Do Boston Terriers Like To Swim?
Before you decide to throw your Boston Terrier into the water first we need to look at if Boston Terriers even like to swim in the water. The answer is not quite simple. I have seen Boston Terriers who don’t mind water and would have no problems swimming and I have seen others that will fight you tooth and nail before getting in the water. This is just something that depends on your Boston Terrier. The key is getting them used to water while they are young and often. Below I will show you simple steps on how to teach your Boston Terrier how to swim.
How To Teach My Boston Terrier To Swim?
The process of getting your Boston Terrier to swim really depends on the dog. The earlier you introduce your dog to water the easier it will be. Below are some simple steps to take when teaching your Boston Terrier to swim.
Steps For Introducing Your Boston Terrier To Water
- Wait until your Boston Terrier is 4-6 months old – This will ensure they are strong enough to be able to swim as well as being able to withstand variation of temperature changes.
- Fill your bathtub or baby pool with water – try to keep the water room temperature because you do not want their first experience with water to be shocking.
- Gently place your dog in the water starting with their feet first to get used to the water…keep doing this process until they start to do the “Dog Paddle”.
- Once they are used to the water you can take them to a bigger swimming pool and carefully guide them off the edge. They will more than likely immediately swim back to the edge but after several times they will begin to stay out for longer periods of time.
- After they have been swimming confidently in deeper pools and ponds for a while you can start introducing throw toys where that can fetch things and bring them back. Most Boston Terriers will really enjoy this.
Do Boston Terriers Have Webbed Feet?
No, Boston Terriers actually do not have webbed feet. Some people may say they do due to the fact that they have some skin between the toes but this is not technically considered to be “webbed feet”. A dog such as a Labrador will have webbing between the toes that goes nearly to the tip and cover the entire opening. This is what is considered to be webbed feet. A Boston Terriers webbing only goes about 1/2 to 3/4 between the toes and is not as elastic as the official webbed feet dogs mentioned below.
List of a Few Breeds That Do Have Webbed Feet-
- Labrador retriever
- Wire-Haired Pointer
- Nova Scotia Duck Retriever
- Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Webbed Feet dogs are able to swim much stronger and longer than non-webbed feet dogs.
Does My Boston Terrier Swim and Like Water?
Yes, My Boston Terrier is about 8 months old and enjoys the water. He still requires an occasional nudge but we are still working with him in swimming in pools and ponds. Once the weather gets warmer we hope to get him in the water more and more.
Swimming Safety Measures For Your Boston Terrier
Never let your Boston Terrier or any other dog alone in or around water while they are learning how to swim. It may be silly to think of but there are some dogs who have drowned before. Always make sure you are with your dog while they are swimming. Just as you would do with your children.
Remember Boston Terriers are not naturally great and strong swimmers so they are at a more increased risk of drowning than other dogs. It is just best practice to be in or around the water with your dog.
Some people even put Safety Vests on their dogs while they are swimming in lakes and ponds. This is because sometimes dogs can get themselves in situations where it may be difficult to swim out of for example strong waves.
Thank you for reading my article on Boston Terrier Swimming. I think it is safe to say after all of the research that yes Boston Terriers can and do swim but might not be able to be champion swimmers. Also, some dogs just might not like it either.