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American Water Spaniel

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American Water Spaniel

The American Water Spaniel is a small chocolate or liver-colored spaniel with a curly or wavy outer coat and a protective undercoat. The coat is normally all dark, but may have a small amount of white on the chest. The skull is broad and the muzzle is square and smooth. The teeth should meet in a sissor-like bite. The AWS has dark eyes and a muscular body. The eye color usually corresponds with the coat color. The long nose is either dark brown or black. The long ears are covered with curls. The long and feathered tail hangs in a slightly upward curve and is often used as a rudder during swimming.

Temperament This breed is a good guard dog as well as companion. He is very friendly, obedient, and eager to learn. The breed is highly sensitive; therefore, harsh training methods are not necessary. He should be socialized at an early age to prevent aggression towards other dogs. He also likes to roam. The AWS tends to bark, snore and some may drool.
Height, Weight Male Height: 15-18" ; Weight: 30-45 lbs.
Female Height: 15-18" ; Weight: 25-40 lbs.
Health Problems A concern with this breed is skin problems.
Living Conditions These Spaniels will do fine living in an apartment if they get regular exercise. They do best with a medium-sized yard.
Exercise Water Spaniels have lots of energy and need lots of regular exercise.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This breed needs to be brushed twice per week. Only bathe when necessary as to not dry out the natural oils in the skin. There may be a strong odor from the oils in the breed's coat. This breed sheds a little.
Origin Dr. F. J. Pfeifer is credited with rescuing the American Water Spaniel in the 1920s. Through the creation of written standards and a breeding club, Dr. Pfeifer's efforts paved the way for AKC recognition. His own dog, "Curley Pfeifer", was the first American Water Spaniel registered with the AKC. The AWS was developed as a hunting dog. Its color was perfect for hunting as it could blend in with the fall foliage. His small size made him easy to carry in a small boat as well as not tip the boat over when he gets back into it. The American Water Spaniel is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Sporting, UKC Gun Dog