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12/11/2021

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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 Indiana?

Indiana ranks very well across multiple studies as a great place to own a pup! Indiana residents seem to love dogs, and a wide range of pet-friendly accommodations and travel options help boost the state, too. 


Animal safety review sites Pawsafe and Safewise give Indiana great marks. 


Pawsafe ranked Indiana as the 12th most pet-friendly state in a study that evaluated factors like dog-friendly parks, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and more. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Safewise ranked Indiana 8th for pet-friendliness. Combining these two studies together puts Indiana towards the front of the pack of pet-friendly states.

Are cities in Indiana pet-friendly?

Another review site, Wallethub, reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country and ranked them by pet-friendly factors. Here’s how a few Indiana cities stacked up.

Indianapolis

In their study, Indianapolis was the 43rd most pet-friendly city. It ranked 96th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 14th for pet budget, and 47th for pet health and wellness. 

Fort Wayne

There are a few other Indiana cities on the list. Fort Wayne is positioned 45th with the 100th ranking for outdoor pet-friendliness, 1st for pet budget, and 65th for pet health and wellness. 

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Indiana

BringFido lists Indiana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1100 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.


Forty-nine percent of Indiana residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Indiana are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Indiana

Indiana saved 85,903 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 8,552 animals were killed over this same period. Thirty-one percent of the animal shelters within Indiana are no-kill shelters. 


While the percentage of no-kill shelters is low, the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is moderately short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Overall, it seems Indiana is working hard to keep animals safe, and we hope to see continued progress.

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