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Nona B.

11/03/2022

Portuguese Water Dog

Had a great experience with first person contacted. No pressure, lots of knowledge and info. Only problem was the communication once I purchased. Had to ask a couple of times about progress and timing of delivery. Very happy with my new puppy!

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Portuguese Water Dog Characteristics

A breed that was once used on fishing boats to herd fish into nets, the Portuguese Water Dog is now more popular as a large and friendly household companion. With his distinctive webbed feet and poodle-like coat, the Portuguese Water Dog is a unique breed that is growing in popularity every day.

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  • Energy High
  • Size Large
  • Trainability Responsive

Known around the world as the Cao de Agua (Dog of the water) and Portuguese Fishing Dog, these dogs have served a unique purpose for a long time. When not herding fish into nets, these dogs were also used to retrieve lost tackle that had fallen overboard and transfer messages between fishing boats.  
 
Standing between 17-23 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 35-60 pounds, the Portuguese Water Dog is a medium-sized breed. Closely related to the poodle, these dogs have a similar curly coat that is commonly found in brown or black and is mostly hypoallergenic. They will still require frequent grooming and brushing, as even the most hypoallergenic breeds shed a little bit.
 
Considering the breed was created to assist fishermen through vigorous physical activity, these dogs naturally have a lot of energy. While they will gravitate towards the water, providing them with any kind of exercise in abundance is crucial to promote good behavior while at home. When these dogs get bored, they develop destructive tendencies and begin chewing up furniture and digging holes in the backyard. Frequent exercise along with early socialization and obedience training are crucial in maintaining a manageable dog.
 

How dog-friendly is Eugene?

A study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Eugene is ranked the 17th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of dog-friendly hiking trails and dog-friendly restaurants.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Eugene

Eugene has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup to stretch its legs and get some exercise. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city are Alton Baker Dog Park, Armitage Dog Park, Amazon Dog Park, and Candlelight Park.  


In Eugene and the surrounding area, you’ll also find several great hiking trails for when you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Mount Pisgah Trail, Row River Trail, and Elijah Bristow State Park. 

Life in Eugene with a dog

Eugene has over 80 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to get a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Studio One Cafe, Rye, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Cafe 440, Vero Espresso, and Hideaway Bakery. 


Eugene has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. Plus, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If your friends or family are visiting Eugene, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Inn at the 5th, Valley River Inn, Graduate Eugene, The Maverick Hotel, and Campbell House Inn.               

Popular dog breeds in Eugene

Eugene is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas, Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, Australian Shepherds, Shih Tzus, and German Shepherds. No matter which breed you want to bring into your family, your new pup will find many fellow dogs across the city.

 

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