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Summer is officially here in the desert and we have reached temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, so you know we will soon be rebuilding our pathetic little 3-foot pool for some short cool down periods in the late afternoon, some hip exercise for our senior Aussie, and some water play with our other hounds.

But before you take your pets out on a boat, or head out to the beach (or lake or river) with your four-legged friend, there are a few things you need to know about your dog’s breed. Not all dogs are designed for fun in the sun. In fact, some dogs can't even swim, let alone paddle around in lukewarm water, which is why you need to understand your pet's limitations.

Here's a look at a few breeds of dogs that don't do so well in the water...

Boxers

Boxers may have a tough time keeping their snout out of the water, and this is why it can be difficult for them to swim. Their conformation makes them naturally unsuited for water (although some with longer snouts will do just fine).

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