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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 Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania loves dogs! This state consistently ranks among the best in the country for pet-friendliness across things like animal cretly laws, pet-friendly accommodations, number of of dog parks, and more. However, Pennsylvania could do better with more no-kill shelters.


The state boasts 545 pet-friendly accommodations and 198 campgrounds. There are also over 200 boarding and daycare facilities, as well as 200 veterinarians ready to help as needed.


A study by pet safety site Pawsafe ranked Pennsylvania the 15th most pet-friendly state in the country. They also ranked the state 10th for dog-friendly trails. Of the 2,403 trails in the state, 65% are dog-friendly.


Safewise conducted a similar study in which they ranked Pennsylvania 3rd. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws, protecting against things lie abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.

Does Pennsylvania have pet-friendly cities?

Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few cities stacked up.

Pittsburgh

In their study, Pittsburgh ranked 11th, which is quite good. Specifically, the city was 20th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 22nd for pet budget, and 46th for pet health and wellness.


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows Pittsburgh to have the 15th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 2.3 parks per 100,000 residents.


SmartAsset has a similar study ranking the country’s biggest cities. In it, Pittsburgh ranks 15th for pet-friendliness. The study found the city to have 134 dog-friendly restaurants and two dog-friendly shopping centers.

Philadelphia

On the other hand, Philadelphia only ranked 77th for pet-friendliness. The city scored well for outdoor activities but ranked lower for budget and health care.


Philadelphia is also on the lower end of parks per capita. The city only holds 0.4 dog parks per 100,000 residents.

A few more pet statistics for Pennsylvania

Thirty-nine percent of Pennsylvania residents own a dog. This is just below the national average of 40%. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Pennsylvania are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers. The official state dog is the Great Dane!

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Pennsylvania

Unfortunately, Pennsylvania performs poorly when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 68,776 dogs and cats during 2020. This is 1,652 more animals than in 2019, but approximately 6,940 were killed the past year. Out of 95 animal shelters, 35 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 82%. This is on the lower end. Pennsylvania has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state.


We hope to see improvement in the coming years!

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