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Nona B.

11/03/2022

Portuguese Water Dog

Had a great experience with first person contacted. No pressure, lots of knowledge and info. Only problem was the communication once I purchased. Had to ask a couple of times about progress and timing of delivery. Very happy with my new puppy!

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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 Salt Lake City?

A recent study from the insurance company Swiftest analyzes some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Salt Lake City is ranked the 2nd most pet-friendly city with a population between 200,000 and 350,000. The city scored an A for dog parks, dog-friendly trails, and dog-friendly restaurants.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and get some exercise. A few of the most popular dog parks in the city are Cottonwood Park Off-Leash Area, Tanner Park, Memory Grove Off-Leash Area, and Parley’s Nature Reserve. 


In Salt Lake City, you’ll also find several great hiking trails for when you want to take your dog on a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore include Jordan River Parkway, Millcreek Canyon, Neffs Canyon Trail, and Grandeur Peak East Trail. 

Life in Salt Lake City with a dog

Salt Lake City has over 80 pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to grab something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include The Green Pig Pub, Finn’s Cafe, Zest Kitchen & Bar, Bruges Waffles & Frites, and Kings Peak Coffee Roasters.   


Salt Lake City has many other pet-friendly establishments, including groomers, daycares, and pet stores. Plus, every year, there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


The city is also a great location when it comes time to find a place to live with your pet. According to Zumper, Salt Lake City is the 14th best city for pet-friendly rental listings.


If your friends or family are in Salt Lake City for a visit, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Sheraton Salt Lake City, and Hyatt Place.  

Popular dog breeds in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city include Labs, German Retrievers, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Poodles, and Shih Tzus. No matter what kind of dog you decide to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its fellow dogs across the city.

 

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