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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 South Carolina?

South Carolina is a great place to own a dog! If you’re looking to adopt a fuzzy companion in South Carolina, you should be excited about all the amazing trails and outdoor adventures available to you and your pup. 


Pawsafe, a trusted animal safety evaluator, conducted a study to rank each state according to its pet-friendliness. They ranked South Carolina as the 8th most pet-friendly state in the country! 


The state has a high concentration of dog-friendly trails. Three hundred ninety-three of the state’s 608 trails are dog-friendly (66.6%), which puts South Carolina at 11th overall. The study ranked South Carolina 4th in terms of pet-friendly restaurants. Three hundred sixty-six of the state’s 8,466 restaurants will welcome your dog. 


Pawsafe also ranked South Carolina 5th for animal cruelty laws. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.

A few more facts for dog lovers in South Carolina

Forty-five percent of South Carolina residents own a dog. This is one of the highest ownership rates in the country and well above the 40% national average. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in South Carolina are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Beagles. The most popular dog breeds in Charleston are English Bulldogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Labradoodles, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The state dog of South Carolina is the Boykin spaniel. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in South Carolina

South Carolina saved 83,447 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 8,005 animals were killed over this same period. Out of 60 animal shelters, only 27 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is 83%. The state has some work to get to the 90% benchmark needed to be a no-kill state. We hope to see South Carolina improve on this number in the coming years!

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