Q. Do bullmastiff dogs swim?

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A. It depends. Bullmastiffs are brachycephalic, meaning they have pushed in noses. Sometimes this can mean that swimming isn't the best option for them.. and if they do enjoy swimming, they shouldn't be asked to swim for too long as they can easily overheat (even under water). If you're in search of a swimming breed, Lab's are known to love the water! If you already own a Bullmastiff and are interested in getting him to swim, I recommend purchasing a doggy life-vest and going somewhere where the water level gradually increases, like a lake or a beach. You want to be there with your dog to slowly, positively, carefully, calmly encourage him to step into the water. If you force him to swim, he will never enjoy swimming.

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