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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 New York?

New York is a hugely diverse state, with New York City providing a contrast to more rural and suburban communities upstate. With this diversity comes a real range of standards for puppy and dog care. 


A study by Pawsafe ranks New York as the 32nd most pet-friendly state in the country. According to Safewise, New York has the third-highest percentage of pet-friendly rentals, behind Florida and Washington. An estimated 44% of all rentals are pet-friendly. However, only 27% of New York residents own a dog. This is a solid amount below the 40% average among all U.S. households. 


Are cities in New York dog-friendly?

A study by WalletHub ranks the top 100 U.S. cities for how pet-friendly they are. The study looks at metrics like pet care provider costs, walkability, the number of pet-friendly apartments, veterinary care costs, and animal welfare laws.

Buffalo

Buffalo and New York City just make it on the list as the country’s 86th and 90th most pet-friendly cities.

The city of Buffalo also has a healthy amount of dog-friendly parks. According to the TPL, the city has the 58th most dog parks per capita with 0.8 parks per 100 residents. There are plenty of off-leash parks and features for your dog to enjoy. 

New York City pups

While it can be a challenge to raise a big dog in a little NYC apartment, the city does have some amazing perks for pet lovers.

Research from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) shows that New York City has the 27th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 1.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Many of these parks allow dogs to run off-leash between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. 


There are 28 off-leash dog runs in Manhattan alone. Many are separated into areas for small and large dogs and some have water features to keep your pet cool. You can use your early morning walks to find some new friends for you and your pup.

According to NYC Dog Data, the top dogs in the city are:

  • Shih Tzu

  • Chihuahua

  • Labrador Retriever

  • American Pit Bull


Of the various neighborhoods in New York City, Manhattan has the highest concentration of dogs, with an estimated 119,340 pups. After that, Brooklyn is the most populated district with over 88,742 doggos.


The city also has excellent services for dog walkers, pet care, vets, and more.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in New York

New York does a decent job when it comes to the treatment of animals at shelters. But there are some areas where the state can improve. Of the 80,855 dogs and cats that entered New York shelters in 2020, they only saved 85.6%. The “no-kill” state benchmark is a 90% save rate. We hope to see New York push for getting more pets in loving homes.

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