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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 Washington?

Very!! Washington is consistently ranked quite high in lists of the most pet-friendly states – thanks to its pet-friendly restaurants, parks, and wonderful outdoors scene.


In fact, Safewise ranked Washington as the most pet-friendly state in the country. There are several important factors behind Washington’s rating but the strongest is the high number of pet-friendly rentals. Washington ranks second among all states with 55% of rentals accepting pets.


A similar study from Pawsafe didn’t put Washington in first place, but still ranked them fairly well at 19th of all 50 states. They also placed Washington ninth for animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards. 

Is Seattle a good place for pet ownership?

WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest cities in the United States to find the most pet-friendly city. Their research looked at a variety of factors, with their primary focus on pet budget, health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendly activities.


In the study, Wallethub graded Seattle as the 17th most pet-friendly city. The city performed well for pet health and wellness, and outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 18th and 11th respectively. Pet care is more expensive in Seattle, so the city ended up in 70th place for pet budget. The study also found Seattle to have the highest number of dog-friendly restaurants per capita.


A study from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) showed that Seattle has the 20th highest number of dog parks per capita, with two dog parks per 100,000 residents. 

A few more doggy facts about Washington

Almost 43% of Washington residents own a dog, which is well above the national average of 40%. You’ll be sure to find a dog-loving community almost anywhere in Washington. Other pets are also popular in Washington and the state’s total pet ownership rate is above average, with close to 63% of Washington families owning a pet.


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in the state and Seattle are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. Other common breeds include Chihuahuas, Australian Shepherds, Border Collies and Mini Poodles. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Washington

Washington is one of the best states regarding animal shelters and saving pets. The state saved 1,688 more animals in 2020 than in 2019. Also, 45 of the state’s 63 animal shelters are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is slightly over 89%. If Washington increases its save rate just a little more, it will pass 90% and become a no-kill state. We love to see it!

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