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Can EBTs swim?

Discussion in 'Bull Terrier' started by StudioSRV, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. StudioSRV

    StudioSRV Little Dog

    We took Spuds and our Chihuahua (roxi) down to the Boulder creek today...roxi will jump in and swim around but spuds wouldn't go at all until we finally put him in the water. He kinda seemed to sink a little so we pulled him out quickly!! Are they too heavy to swim? Maybe just cause he's still a pudgy little puppy?

    Anyone have pics of their bull terriers swimming?!?!? I would love if he could learn!!

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  2. Azelgin

    Azelgin Puppy

    Most of mine never liked to swim. They can swim, but not very well. Too much muscle and bone, which don't float so good. Reminds me of an alligator with just the nose and eyes above water. I had one jump out of our boat and thought he would never come back to the surface. We bought a life vest for one of them and he loved the water. Had to tell him when it was time to come in, or he would stay in the water all day. Let your pup get used to the water on his own and he may be more inclined to try swimming. Coax him into the deeper water with his favorite toy and he wont be so paniced when he has to swim for it. I'll see if I can find some pictures of our water dog in his life vest.
     
  3. Rogue Bullies

    Rogue Bullies Good Dog

    No that is a myth some show people will tell you they are to heavy to swim, but that is just stupid I have seen many of them swim just fine and like it. Some do not like it some do and some dogs just need to get use to the water. My APBT use to hate water and now he loves gettin a toy from the river.
     
  4. Nutty

    Nutty Little Dog

    billys first try to swim
    [video=youtube;cBfoQdLeW1I]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBfoQdLeW1I[/video]
    but now he can do it very well.
    [video=youtube;9sPto_v36ns]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sPto_v36ns[/video]
     
  5. Mrpedigree

    Mrpedigree Big Dog

    bull terriers make very good swimmers ,especially the more terrier type ...cant keep mine out of water !
    Although the heavyier bull type seem to struggle when in water ....but the lighter body type make some of the best swimmers i see in the k9 world !
    Check this guy out !
    [video=youtube;9QnUeQyPbUc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QnUeQyPbUc&playnext=1&videos=yhnOJOQ2VFE[/video]
     
  6. Rogue Bullies

    Rogue Bullies Good Dog

    Oh my gosh Garry that is crazy! Not many dogs will actually dive underwater for something I have seen at least. Cool vid!
     
  7. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Dexter sinks like a rock. Of course his aversion to water might have a bit to do with it! :D
     
  8. supmar85

    supmar85 Puppy

    i had mine in the pool the other day, i took him in the shallow end and let him got and he swam out then his brother was in the water and he jumped in! it was so funny
     
  9. Hucklebutt

    Hucklebutt Banned Back Yard Breeder

    Of course they can, there not a squished face dog...all 3 of mine swim, and stick there heads under water nd do just fine...I will upload some pics soon of my dogs swimming in the pool, newbies may often need another dog to encourage them to jump in because they may not take to it without another dog, bullies love to be where the action is, so if the other dog is in the lake, chances are they will follow...its just silly to say they make poor swimmers because of the muscle...LMAO.
     
  10. tperez311

    tperez311 Little Dog

    lol danielle, my bullies dont like to be where the action is THEY LOVE TO BE WHERE THE ACTION IS...lol...if there are people rough housing or playing or running, expect chico and mia to be right there in the mix... they like to show off that they can run faster and jump higher lol...when we play in the water hose, its crazy how high they can jump to get that water! ... I let chico swim from one end of a pool to the other one time and he didnt have a problem at all... i ALSO seen him fall into the side of my friends pool because he was rough housing with mia, he tried to get out the same way he fell in and coudnt get up, so he swam to the stairs part because i walked over the stairs and called him...
     
  11. Hucklebutt

    Hucklebutt Banned Back Yard Breeder

    if a dog falls in a pool never pull them out of the side they will always try to get out that way, call them or direct them to the stairs. you did the right thing
     
  12. Azelgin

    Azelgin Puppy


    FYI. Fat has a specific gravity of .7 ~ .9. Muscle has a specific gravity of 1.09. Bone density is around 1.9. Put that together with a BT's thin coat, that doesn't trap air for bouancy and your heavy boned, short legged, lean BT will be exerting far more effort to stay afloat, than a thin boned, thick coated, fat Cocker Spaniel. Simple physics.

    I found a life vest for the dog a great way to let him play in the water all day, without having to watch him every moment. Your dog is just as succeptable to hypothermia and exhaustion as you are and a flotation device gives them an edge. The swimming pool is not what I would consider the place where a dog proves themselves as an excellent swimmer. There are no boat wakes, waves and rapids dunking them under water in your backyard pool. Try the cold waters of a Montana mountain lake, or, river, and the results will be a bit different.
     
  13. Mrpedigree

    Mrpedigree Big Dog

    hes not a bad swimmer though is he ??
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QnUeQyPbUc&playnext=1&videos=yhnOJOQ2VFE"]YouTube- Bull terrier fetching ball from bottom of swimming poo[/ame]

    I will have to dish out all the pics/videos of the bull terriers my family has had over the years swimming in lakes and rivers ...god i have had male EBTs that would swim right out and fetch logs back in with them in their mouths lol
    The terrier type bull terriers make very good swimmers :cool:
     
  14. Azelgin

    Azelgin Puppy

    Great video, Gary. I think the BT did more diving, than swimming, though.

    I guess we need to standardize our ratings on swimming ability.

    Maybe:
    0 = would make a good boat anchor
    10 = retrives a 16lb. bowling ball from 100 meters, without getting their back wet, while to using their tail for a rudder.

    Mine have from averaged from 2 to 4 :lol:

    Ace could only keep his nose and eyes above water while swimming = 2

    Max could retrive a coconut from fifty feet, without drowning in boat wakes = 4
     
  15. Mrpedigree

    Mrpedigree Big Dog

    without getting in to arguments lol...i think its all down to the body type of the bull terrier....deffo the bull type dont take to swimming to well (my white girl will testify to that)
    but most of the terrier types i have had have been strong swimmers !
    I can only speak as i have found :)
     
  16. Hucklebutt

    Hucklebutt Banned Back Yard Breeder

    electra is bull type and she swims fine...same as scarlett and bowzer, all dive into the pool and swim without any problems...i guess they missed the memo?? :lol:

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    i guess i should be worried they might drown, and some photos of them diving in, so no one thinks i threw them in...:lol: scarletts in heat right now and cant swim because of the blood but someone left the gate open and she ran in doggie diaper and all and i had to go and pull her out! :lol:
     
  17. Mrpedigree

    Mrpedigree Big Dog

    Those dogs youve shown d are not bull types :no2:....my Tia is a bull type ;):)
     
  18. Hucklebutt

    Hucklebutt Banned Back Yard Breeder

    ellie is but she is just a puppy. whats the difference between your being more 'bull type' than electra or scar??

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    but than again you think your red bitch is 'terrier' type, and anubis already pointed out the obvious on that, i suppose scarlett is as well?? i think this is a matter of opinion and i will continue to think both scarlett and electra are more bull type and bowzer is more terrier type. you can think what you want. unless the bull type requires obesity than your right.

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    scarlett with her head under water trying to get the toy.

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  19. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Stay on topic, or your posts will be deleted, and you may be denied access from the BT forum.
     
  20. Thos are some great action water pics~!

     

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