Our dog splash pool. Plenty of splashing around in the dog pool at The New Forest Dog Hotel Hampshire home dog boarding

Our dog splash pool – Having a splash around

Our Dog splash pool

Our dog splash pool is always open for water lovers. It’s also a great place for our guests to cool down on those long, hot summer days in the garden.

Our dog splash pool is one of the first heavy-duty play pools designed specifically with dogs in mind.

Made with UV inhibited High Molecular Weight Polyethylene, the same material to make truck bed liners, our pool is virtually chew proof. The light white colour makes them cooler in the summer time, by up to 10 degrees, over darker coloured play pools. Since then the Bone Pool has made its way into Day Cares, Pet Resorts and Backyards all over the world.While many dogs enjoy playing in the water, some just can’t get themselves out of the pool. Certain breeds were bred to work in water and their history.

While many dogs enjoy playing in the water, some just can’t get themselves out of our dog splash pool. Certain breeds were bred to work in water and their history shows because they just seriously love swimming. If you’re wondering if your dog will love our dog splash pool. Take a look at the breeds below who are well known for loving water.


Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds for family companionship but they were originally bred for retrieving game in water. Because of their heritage, the breed is full of excellent swimmers that absolutely love water whether they’re retrieving ducks or toys.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, or Chessie, is a large gundog bred for water retrieving. They are similar to the Labrador Retriever in appearance but have a wavy coat and a much stronger temperament. They are still excellent hunting and swimming dogs today.


The Newfoundland is a giant breed from Canada that has been used primarily for water rescue missions. The breed is strong and able to be used as a drafting dog as well. Their size and strength make them outstanding water dogs.


Although more commonly seen as a circus or show dog, the Standard Poodle was originally a water retrieving breed. The breed excelled as a waterfowl retriever and still maintains those abilities today, although you might see it more often on land in agility and obedience competitions.

Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog is a water dog from Portugal, where it was used to herd fish into fishermans’ nets. They were also employed to retrieve broken nets and lost tackle and are still very good swimmers.

Lagotto Romagnolo

This Italian breed is considered the “Lake Dog of Romagnolo,” where it originated. It was used primarily as a gundog for waterfowl but has also been used to hunt truffles. They are excellent swimmers and workers that are happy to have any job.

Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel is the largest of the spaniels and also one of the oldest, although it is fairly rare today. They were used as generic water dogs and still require sufficient exercise and mental stimulation if they are to be family companions.

Spanish Water Dog

The Spanish Water Dog is a very old breed with similar ancestry to several other European water breeds. While much of their history revolves around water, the breed also has a natural herding instinct.

Flat-Coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a gundog from the United Kingdom. It was originally used to hunt game both on land and water and has maintained its love for swimming. They are active and outgoing dogs that make great family companions.


The Barbet is a rare water dog from France, where it was used to retrieve waterfowl and assist sailors on their boats. They are intelligent dogs that need ample exercise to be suitable as family companions.

American Water Spaniel

The American Water Spaniel is a small dog developed in Wisconsin in the 19th century. It has a water-resistant coat and was used to hunt game on land and in the water.

Curly-Coated Retriever

The Curly-Coated Retriever is an English dog bred for retrieving waterfowl. It looks similar to the other retrievers, except it does indeed sport a curly coat. The breed is still used to hunt in water today and their temperaments reflect their need for a job.


The Otterhound is a very large British dog originally bred for hunting otter. They are powerful dogs and exceptionally strong swimmers, making them unsuitable for many families as a companion.

Boykin Spaniel

The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized spaniel from South Carolina. They have been used to hunt a variety of game on land and in water, but their size makes them suitable for riding in boats and canoes with waterfowl hunters.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a small retriever from Canada primarily used for duck hunting. They are very active hunters and strong swimmers, needing sufficient exercise to maintain livable housemates.