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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 New Hampshire?

Different studies rank New Hampshire quite differently. Depending on what part of the state you live in, you may have different levels of access to pet services, accommodations, etc. 


In a study by Pawsafe, New Hampshire ranked incredibly well as the 5th most pet-friendly state. They scored New Hampshire particularly well for their animal welfare laws, like harsh penalties for abuse and neglect, and high pet care standards. 


Another study by the animal safety site Safewise didn’t give such shining reviews, though. In their study, New Hampshire ranks as the 40th most pet-friendly state. 


Though the two studies produced wildly different results, if we combine the two scores New Hampshire ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states. Not the best, but not the worst!

A few more facts for dog-lovers in New Hampshire

BringFido lists New Hampshire as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1300 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln and Bass Beach in Rye as popular dog-friendly attractions.


Twenty-four percent of New Hampshire residents own a dog, which is pretty far below the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in New Hampshire are Labradors, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Huskies, and Chihuahuas. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in New Hampshire

New Hampshire saved 7,940 dogs and cats during 2020 and all of the animal shelters within New Hampshire are no-kill shelters! The percentage of no-kill shelters is perfect, making New Hampshire a no-kill state.

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