American Water Spaniel, a medium size dog.
American Water Spaniel - Superior hunting dog and family companion
The American Water Spaniel
was developed somewhere in the American Midwest, but exactly where and when is a puzzle. The forefathers of the breed are thought to have been the Irish Water Spaniel, the Curly-Coated Retriever, the now extinct English Water Spaniel and some small spaniels, perhaps the Cocker Spaniel, to downsize it. Breed type was stable by 1900 and in 1938 a specialty club was formed in the US and a breed standard written. The AKC recognized the breed in 1940.
The breed was developed as a bird dog
, for inland fowling. Because of its eagerness and small size and perfect camouflaged dark brown coloring, it excelled at hunting ducks in a lake and pond dotted terrain, even though concealment was meager. In addition to its fondness for working in water, the breed proved itself to be an adept retriever of small upland game, including rabbits, pheasants, grouse and quail. Its nose is keen and the dog can work a thicket by scent, springing game, not pointing at it. Its long muzzle is strong enough to carry a Canada goose. As a hunting dog
, a gun dog
, this breed has few equals.
Height: 15 - 18 in. (38 - 46 cm) at withers.
Weight, Male: 30 - 45 lb. (13 - 20 kg)
Weight, Female: 25 - 40 lb. (11 - 18 kg).
Life Expectancy: 10 - 12 years.
It is versatile as a hunting dog
, but it also excels as a family companion, being friendly, bonding to the entire family and excellent with children. It is sensitive, willing to please, energetic, playful and tractable. An American Water Spaniel puppy
profits with obedience training. It needs regular exercise, both mentally and physically. It sheds a little and needs grooming once a week, more if in the water a lot. It is a healthy breed with no major concerns, but its pendulous ears should be checked regularly. It is an excellent watchdog, inclined to bark. Despite its virtues, and being the State Dog of Wisconsin, plus "Made in America" the breed is not well known.
Want more info on this medium size dog, and American Water Spaniel breeders
who have an American Water Spaniel puppy for sale
, see the breeders section. If no nearby breeders, see Cdn. Club, American Water Spaniel rescue
or USA Club, American Water Spaniel rescue
to get advice on finding dog breeders
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