American Water Spaniel
- Dog Breed Group
- Sporting Dogs
- Origin of Breed
- United States
- Life Expectancy
- 10 - 12 Years
- Solid liver or dark chocolate. A little white on toes or chest is common.
- Uniformly wavy or closely curled; undercoat.
- Exercise Needs
- Vigorous exercise is essential and he should be allowed to swim on occasion.
- A sturdy little dog, has a good nose, a fondness for water, is a busy worker, eager to please and easily trained.
- Good with Children
- Exceptionally good with children. Gets along well with other animals.
- Grooming Needs
- Bi-weekly brushing to remove dead hair and prevent matting. Minimal bathing.
- Average Size - Male (in)
- 15 - 18
- Average Size - Female (in)
- 15 - 18
- Average Weight - Male (lbs)
- 30 - 45
- Average Weight - Female (lbs)
- 25 - 40
- Health Issues
- Skin problems.v
- Living Conditions
- House with a fenced yard. He will adapt to any environment as long as he is with his family.
The breed is "American made." It was developed in the Wolf and Fox River Valley region of East-Central Wisconsin. The rivers and large lakes they feed, Poygan, Butte des Morts and Winnebago, provided a waterfowl gunner's paradise in the late 1800's. They required a sturdy little dog that could shake off the cold and work marsh cover, yet could fit into a small canoe or skiff. It was for this purpose the breed was developed. Some say the breed developed from crosses of the now extinct English Water Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel and the Flat Coated Retriever.
The American Water Spaniel makes a good companion animal.
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