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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.

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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?

A recent WalletHub study has reviewed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Washington DC is ranked as the 61st most dog-friendly. The city is one of the best for pet health and wellness, ranking 9th out of all major cities. 


A similar study from SmartAsset ranked DC as the 22nd most pet-friendly city in the country. The city’s high concentration of dog parks and pet-related businesses is the biggest reason DC is regarded as one of the most pet-friendly cities.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia has a wide variety of pet-friendly places for you to enjoy the outdoors with your dogs. According to the SmartAsset study mentioned above, there are 2.3 dog parks for every 100,000 residents in DC.


Over a dozen of these are off-leash parks where your dog can play to their heart's content. Some of the best off-leash dog parks in the city are S Street Dog Park, Montrose Park, Shaw Dog Park, Newark Street Dog Park, and The Yards Park.


In DC, you’ll find a number of great hiking trails to explore with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Mount Vernon trail, Rock Creek Park, and Tidal Basin Loop Trail.

Life in the District of Columbia with a dog

DC is a big foodie town, so its’ not surprising that the city has over 380 pet-friendly restaurants for you to grab a bite to eat with your furry friend. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Empress Lounge, the Bird, Commissary, and Wunder Garten.


The nation’s capital has many other pet-friendly businesses, including groomers, spas, pet stores, and three dog-friendly shopping centers. Plus, every year, there are a variety of local events celebrating dogs and their owners. One of the most fun events is Pups in the Park, where you and your dog can enjoy a Nationals game at Nationals Park.


If your friends or family are in the capital for a visit, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Many of these hotels will allow their pets for no extra charge. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Hotel Hive, Hotel Madera, Your Truly DC, Hotel Harrington, and The Line Hotel DC.

Popular dog breeds in Washington D.C.

DC is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, and Bulldogs. No matter, which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.

 

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