Watch This Labrador Mama Dive Into a Pool and Teach Her Cute Puppies to Swim

Written by Zeek Lepakko
Updated: October 24, 2023
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Puppies can learn a lot from their mothers, and learning how to swim is no exception. In the footage below, we get a close-up look at a doggy family whose pups haven’t quite figured out the whole water thing yet. Not to worry, as the mama Labrador doesn’t mind showing her kids how things are done!

There is definitely some time throughout the video in which each puppy has to overcome their individual fears, but help is always nearby. Whether it’s the amused owner of these beautiful dogs or mama herself, they all work together and master the swimming pool. Even after the lesson, their mom goes the extra mile and makes sure everyone’s dried off properly!

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Make sure to get your pool towels ready as we splash into more insights on this water-loving breed.

Do Labradors Truly Love Water?

Labrador Retriever (Canis familiaris) - black lab with ball in water

The lengthy tail found on Labradors is used to help them maintain balance while swimming.


The clearly unsure pups from the beginning of the above video may not be very convincing, but they come around! In all seriousness, Labrador Retrievers are one of the most water-borne dog breeds in existence, even having anatomy specialized for it. For example, these canines have webbed toes that allow them to navigate water with ease. While all dogs have this feature to some extent, it’s normally more prominent on Labradors.

Did you know that these amazing dogs were originally bred as hunting dogs to aid fishermen? All working dogs certainly have a robust nature to them, but the watery workspace of Labs makes them special. Due to their specialization, they are very accustomed to wading and swimming, and in most cases absolutely love it!

What’s the Difference Between a Golden and Labrador Retriever?

There are similarities between some dog breeds, and Retrievers definitely have some interesting variations. One of the closest matches amongst this family of dogs is between the Golden and Labrador Retrievers. Whether it’s their overall build or the range of colors they come in, it’s understandable why some confusion may occur. Fret not, as we have an article discussing the key differences between these possible lookalikes right here.

While the differences exist and can be easy to learn, let’s not forget what they do share in common. Both of these athletic pups are adventurously energetic and have incredibly friendly personalities. While it’s up to personal opinion which of the two is better, it’s probably best to think they’re both awesome at slightly different things!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © sanjagrujic/

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About the Author

Zeek is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering wildlife in Africa and international travel. Zeek has been studying animals for over 15 years and holds an Associate's Degree in Arts from Lone Star Montgomery, earned in 2011. A resident of Washington, Zeek enjoys designing video games and training his Shiba Inu, Cheems.

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