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American Water Spaniel


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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. 

Breed Description

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.

Breed Infobits

The American Water Spaniel makes a good companion animal.

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