American Water Spaniel

American Water Spaniel
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: United States
Group: Sporting dog, Gun dog
Height: 15-18 in.
Weight: males 30-45 lbs., females 25-40 lbs.
Life span: 13-15 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes if socialized early
Good with other pets: Usually with dogs,
some may chase cats & small animals

What is the origin of the American Water Spaniel?

The origin of the American Water Spaniel is cloudy. It was possibly developed in part from the Irish Water Spaniel and the Curly-coated Retriever. This spaniel was believed to be developed in the 1960s in the area of the Wisconsin Wolf River and Fox River valleys. It became Wisconsin’s state mascot in1985l

What does the American Water Spaniel look like?

The American Water Spaniel is a muscular, hardy dog, 15-18 inches tall, weighing 25-45 lbs. The head is wide with a pronounced stop and a square muzzle. Ears are long and wide. Eyes are round. The tail is medium length and slightly curved. The coat is medium length, wavy to curly, and resistant to bad weather and cold water. Colors are solid liver, brown or dark chocolate.

What is the temperament of the American Water Spaniel?

These are sensitive dogs and respond well to training that is positive, not harsh. They are obedient and want to please their human. They are good with children, but should be socialized early. They may get along with other dogs and are okay with other types of pets although some do chase cats and other small animals. These Spaniels do have a tendency to bark a lot. They need vigorous exercise and long daily walks.

What is the American Water Spaniel used for?

American Water Spaniels are wonderful hunters, particularly in water and on any type of terrain. They are good guard dogs and wonderful family companions.

Possible Health Issues

Mitral valve disease, hip dysplasia, patent duct arteriosis, pulmonary stenosis, progressive retinal atropy, patellar luxation


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