Dogs that are gentle and that love water

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  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Airedale terriers are highly intelligent and energetic dogs who make great family pets. They excel at agility and love to hike. Learn more about living with Airedale terriers.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, loves water, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, gold / yellow
  • patterns: saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: long, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Golden retrievers are smart, loyal dogs that are ideal family companions. With their gentle nature, shining coats, and charming smiles, they are considered one of the most popular breeds in America. Learn more about living with these people-pleasing pups.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, loves water, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, merle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Goldendoodles are a highly affectionate crossbreed known for their intelligence and loyalty to their humans. Active and playful, doodles fit in well with families and are great for first-time dog owners. Smaller versions make good apartment dwellers, too.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, good hiking companion, apartment-friendly, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues, loves water, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, gray, red, brown / chocolate / liver, fawn, cream, white
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, curly
  • temperament: outgoing, gentle, friendly, playful, anxious
For loving companionship, few breeds compare to the smart, cuddlesome, and playful Cavapoo. This crossbreed might also be a good choice as a low-allergen pet.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, fawn, white, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, sable
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, short
  • temperament: gentle, aloof
Caucasian shepherds are huge dogs known as confident and fearless family protectors, but also loving, affectionate, and loyal family dogs. Learn more about living with Caucasian shepherds.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful
Though bred as a hunting dog, the wirehaired pointing griffon has evolved into a beloved companion thanks to his friendly demeanor, high intelligence, adorable scruffiness, and low-shedding coat.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful, anxious
Coton de Tulears are bright, affectionate dogs who love children and make loyal family pets. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog or puppy that doesn’t shed, this lovable breed is a great choice for owners with pet allergies.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, blue, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, willful, friendly, outgoing, playful
He's small, fluffy, and looks like a lamb, but the Bedlington terrier is all dog—and adaptable enough to join his family in any activity, from hikes to lazy days on the couch.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, loves water, easy to groom, high prey drive
  • colors: red
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
A handsome, affectionate companion and an exceptional hunting partner, the sweet, gentle—and talkative!—redbone coonhound is a wonderful breed for a person or family who loves the great outdoors.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, strong loyalty tendencies, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray
  • patterns: brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
Big, brainy, and boasting a shaggy double coat, the Bouvier des Flandres is a versatile working dog and family companion. But because of his intense grooming and activity needs, he’s not for everyone.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, playful, gentle, willful
The Alaskan klee kai is an active, intelligent, and loyal breed who loves spending time outdoors with her family. Learn more about living with these pint-sized huskies. 
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, good hiking companion, hot weather tolerant, apartment-friendly, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, loves water
  • colors: gray, blue, cream, white, fawn, red, brown / chocolate / liver, black
  • patterns: merle, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly, long
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful, willful, gentle
An intelligent, athletic crossbreed with oodles of love to spare, Aussiedoodles could be a terrific choice for active pet parents who want a low-allergen pooch.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, hot weather tolerant, loves water, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, cream, black, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly
Bred as working dogs, Australian kelpies still love being put to work whether their task is herding sheep, catching a ball, or making it to the finish line of an agility course. They require lots of exercise and mental stimulation and make great pets for active families who want energetic, affectionate, and loyal companions. 
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, highly territorial, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Few dogs fit the description of majestic but gentle giants as well as the loving, sweet, and mild-tempered Newfoundland. Easygoing with children and loyal to their families, they’re devoted pets you’ll want to learn more about.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, protective
A friendly, loving family dog who's easy on the allergies makes Labradoodles one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. These dogs love activity, just not as much as they’ll love you.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, prone to health issues, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, cream, red, white, gold / yellow, blue
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan, sable, flecked / ticked / speckled, merle
  • coat length/texture: long, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Cocker spaniels are lively, sweet-natured, and beautiful—just the right size for many homes. A great option for families, cocker spaniels are highly trainable and affectionate. Read on to learn more about living with this beloved breed.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, good hiking companion, prone to health issues
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
Black and tan coonhounds are gentle family dogs, but don’t mistake their calm demeanor as laziness. These hounds are active hunting dogs and want to put their super-sensitive nose to work.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, easy to train, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, apartment-friendly, loves water, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, red, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, gentle, friendly, playful
Once valued as a prized cattle and sheep herder, a Cardigan Welsh corgi is an active companion who bonds well with his family members and is ready for adventure.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: blue, gray
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, aloof
Weimaraners are friendly, courageous, and obedient dogs with a striking appearance—thanks to their unique silver-grey coat—that draws a lot of attention. Highly energetic and affectionate, this breed needs just the right family fit.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, loves water, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion, hypoallergenic
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: curly, medium
  • temperament: gentle, timid, friendly, playful, anxious
Irish water spaniels are a rare breed with A+ personalities. These sweet, laid-back dogs have low-shedding coats, big brains, and affectionate natures, making them wonderful companions.