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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 Louisiana?

Louisiana is a wonderful state for dogs and their humans to live and travel! The state ranks consistently higher than its neighbor, Mississippi, as well. 


A few regular studies help us rank the 50 states by pet-friendliness. Two reputable studies rank all 50 states according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet services, pet-friendly living, dog parks, hiking trails, and more. 


The first study comes from the animal advocacy group Pawsafe. They rank Louisiana as the 24th most pet-friendly state. The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to pet abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


The second study comes from the safety review site Safewise. THey ranked Louisiana a little bit higher, as the 18th most pet-friendly state in the country. 


Overall, these two rankings set Louisiana in a solid, healthy spot for pet-friendliness.

Are cities in Louisiana pet-friendly?

We also keep an eye on a study by Wallethub that reviews the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. 

New Orleans

New Orleans is Louisiana’s biggest city with a population of nearly 400,000. Wallethub ranked New Orleans in the 10th spot overall out of 100! The city ranked 34th in pet budget and 10th in pet health and wellness, but slightly lower at 44th in outdoor pet-friendliness – mostly due to the heat and humidity. 


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study ranked New Orleans 58th for dog parks compared to the 100 other largest cities. New Orleans has 0.8 dog parks per 100,000 people.


The top dog-friendly attractions in this very popular tourist destination are Ghost City Tours and Metairie Cemetery.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Louisiana

BringFido lists Louisiana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,000 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. 


Louisianans love dogs! Thirty-eight percent of Louisiana residents own a dog. While this is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, it’s pretty close. 


What kinds of dogs do Louisianans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular breeds in Louisiana are Labradors, Beagles, and Bulldogs. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Retrievers. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Louisiana

Louisiana saved 57,747 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 15,288 animals were killed over this same period. 

Twenty-five of 80 of the animal shelters within Louisiana are no-kill shelters, which is quite low. The state also has a below-average save rate of 71%. This is well short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 

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