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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.

Fast Facts

  • 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 Georgia?

With its beautiful hiking trails, great weather, and pet-friendly laws, Georgia is a good place to bring a pup into your family.


Pawsafe, a reputable site for pet safety information, ranks Georgia the 17th most pet-friendly state in the country. They found that Georgia has the highest concentration of dog-friendly trails. Of the 1,188 trails in the state, 987 are dog-friendly (83%). Pawsafe ranked Georgia 12th for pet-friendly attractions and activities.


However, Safewise conducted a similar study in which Georgia was ranked as the 8th least pet-friendly state. Georgia took a hit for low pet-friendly rentals with only 27% of rentals accepting dogs and cats.


Both studies evaluate states for their animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.

Is Atlanta a pet-friendly city?

Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. In their study, Atlanta – Georgia’s largest city by far – ranked 12th. Good job, Atlanta!


Specifically, the city was 56th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 11th for pet budget, and 25th for pet health and wellness. The city has the 5th lowest dog insurance premiums. It also has the 4th most animal shelters per capita.


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks. In the study, Atlanta is ranked 58th with 0.8 parks per 100,000 residents.

A few more statistics for Georgia’s dog lovers

Thirty-seven percent of Georgia residents own a dog. This is just below the national average of 40%. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Georgia are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles. Georgia loves a working family dog! In Atlanta, the most popular breeds are Lab mixes, Chihuahua, Goldens, Shih Tzus, Pitbulls, and Yorkies. 


As a whole, the state seems to prefer dogs over cats. Georgia has a 1.15 dog to cat ratio. This is the 10th highest in the country.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Georgia

Georgia saved 136,941 dogs and cats during 2020. This is 14,510 more animals than in 2019, but approximately 14,735 were killed the past year. Out of 159 animal shelters, only 60 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 82.7%. We like that Georgia seems to be going in a positive direction, and hope to see this progres continue.

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