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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 Montana?

Montana is a great place for dogs, especially in the summer – with gorgeous outdoor space and plenty of room for adventure. 


The state ranks pretty consistently in the average range for overall pet-friendliness but has great strengths in animal welfare and dog-friendly attractions. 


We reviewed two significant studies that rank all 50 states by pet-friendly factors. The first, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Montana as the 34th most pet-friendly state. 


The second, by consumer safety review site Safewise, ranked Montana quite low at 45th.


The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. However, because of its harsh winters, and less access to pet services in rural areas, Montana took a hit. 


Combining these two studies together put Montana towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Montana

BringFido lists Montana as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Glacier National Park and Norm Schoenthal Island as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.


Fifty-two percent of Montana residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do Montanans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Montana are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Great outdoor pups! Other popular breeds include working dogs like Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Montana

Montana saved 16,140 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 444 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Eighteen out of 34 of the animal shelters within Montana are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an above-average save rate of 90%. This is equal to the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

 
 

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