Paddleboarding with your canine is a fantastic way to enjoy nature while floating on the water. Some dog breeds are created to join you in stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and other water sport activities. However, it’s not always easy or reasonable to take certain dog breeds with you on a SUP board.

Before taking your dog out on the water, it’s essential to confirm that the dog’s breed is fit for activities such as stand-up paddleboarding. This will make your dog feel safe in an environment surrounded by water and on a SUP board. Don’t risk your safety and that of your dog by paddling with the wrong breed. Not only should you be concerned about your safety, but your pup’s as well: get him a proper dog life jacket! The following are the popular dog breeds great for Stand-up paddleboarding:

Portuguese Water Dog

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As the name suggests, the Portuguese Water Dog is born to join you in the water. This dog breed is highly adventurous and athletic, especially in environments surrounded by water. The dog is brilliant and always eager to discover something. So training a Portuguese Water Dog to join you in stand-up paddleboarding should only take a few hours and several attempts.

Besides stand-up paddleboarding, there are other water-related activities your Portuguese Water Dog will enjoy. These include water fetch, dock-diving, and treasure hunting.

Golden Retriever

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Golden Retrievers are famous for their unconditional playful demeanour. They’re easily amused and won’t seem weary even after an hour-long session of any wet activity. Golden Retrievers are also obedient, loyal, enthusiastic, and natural swimmers who are always eager to learn something new.

If your Golden Retriever has already mastered basic sit, lie, and stay commands, then you won’t have any trouble training your best to SUP by your side. In addition, paddling with your Golden Retriever will be more comfortable even if it’s your very first time SUPing with a dog.

Labrador Retriever

Like the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, also known as “Lab,” is the favourite dog breed in America. With their natural swimming capabilities, enthusiasm, friendliness, this dog breed takes the top spot when it comes to adventurous partners. 

Labs are also known to be among the heavier dogs, so you’ll need to conduct a little paddleboarding training to improve balance before hitting the water. The only trouble you’ll face with your Lab is getting him/her out of the water. In addition, these social canines won’t hesitate to converse with their fellow paddleboarding pups, so you should be ready to keep them focused.


The Newfoundland dog breed was initially developed to serve as rescue dogs! So with their natural lifesaving instincts, you can count yourself lucky when paddling with one of these affectionate and playful companion dogs. 

Newfoundland dogs have a remarkable lung capacity and can comfortably swim over long distances. This means they’ve got no problem learning and mastering how to go out with you for stand-up paddleboarding. All you need is a SUP board with a broader nose since Newfoundlands can grow to be quite large.

Australian Shepherd

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Australian Shepherd is among the most intelligent and beautifully-coated dog breeds in the world. These highly active dogs are also known for their hyper-intelligence and capabilities to learn quickly with minimal effort. 

There’s no outdoor activity for this playful and enthusiastic dog other than a tour to the beach for stand-up paddleboarding. With their impressive memory, your Australian Shepherd won’t forget anything you’ve taught them about paddleboarding. If you fall off your board, they’re likely to swim and come to your rescue. 

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dogs are famous for their impressive strength, excellent stamina, and herd instincts that make them natural swimmers. In addition, they’re compact and highly resilient, so you shouldn’t be worried about your Australian Cattle Dog falling off the SUP board. Instead, they’ll quickly and capably swim back to you.

With their playful nature, they’ll definitely impress you when you take them out into the water for stand-up paddleboarding. If you want to paddleboard with a small-sized and lightweight dog, then the Australian Cattle Dog is for you.


Goldendoodle is a crossbreed of Golden Retriever and either a miniature, medium, or standard Poodle. Both the Golden Retriever and one of the Poodle breeds are highly intelligent and friendly in their original state, and you’ll be getting that with a Goldendoodle. Goldendoodles are intelligent, outgoing, and social to help you maximize your stand-up paddleboarding experience.

These high-active dogs are eager to learn and easily trainable. They also have a history of being excellent guide dogs and therapy dogs. These are great traits for a companion you need on your next stand-up paddleboarding tour. 

Brittany Spaniel

This dog breed originates from Brittany, France. Initially, these pups are said to be gun dogs for bird hunting. For this reason, most people find similarities between Brittany Spaniel and settlers or pointers.

Brittany Spaniels love to be challenged and are always eager to learn new sports or games, making them great for stand-up paddleboarding. They also love dock-diving, swimming, and trail running. 

Bottom Line

Are you an enthusiastic stand-up paddleboarder? Do you want to adopt a dog breed that’ll fall in love with this fantastic water sport? If so, the breeds listed in this article won’t disappoint you! 

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