The bulldog may be the breed least built for the water. Before homing their bulldogs, some rescue groups and breeders require a visit to see that prospective owners’ pools are safely fenced off and monitors are in place to set off alerts if anything breaks the surface of the water. Bulldogs should wear a life vest and be supervised when they are in any water. Their large, heavy bodies can sink like a stone. Add to that the breed’s typical respiration difficulties, and bulldogs can drown in a matter of minutes.
Basset hounds’ squat bodies make it difficult for them to swim. Low to the ground with short legs, basset hounds move slowly. They carry two-thirds of their body weight in the front of their bodies. This uneven distribution of weight makes basset hounds poor swimmers when they are in the water.