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American Water Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about American Water Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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American Water Spaniel
OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the American Water Spaniel have? The dog breed also known as...
AWS, American Brown Spaniel, American Brown Water Spaniel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is American Water Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1940 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is American Water Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the American Water Spaniel breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Continental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the American Water Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? American Water Spaniel price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the American Water Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a American Water Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Water Spaniel gets to a happy place.

American Water Spaniel History

The American Water Spaniel is a rare breed with only an estimated 3000 in existence today. While the American Water Spaniel is one of the few dogs recognized as having been developed in the United States, it has never been a popular breed. The breed was developed in the Fox and Wolf River valleys of Wisconsin during the mid-1800s, where it is officially the State Dog. According to experts, reliable breeding records date back to 1865. The American Water Spaniel’s ancestors probably include the Irish Water Spaniel, the Curly-Coated Retriever, the Field Spaniel, and the now-extinct Old English Water Spaniel.

Whatever his family background is, we know for sure that it was bred to be a versatile hunting buddy. It was frequently used by the market hunters of the day to help harvest all manner of game, but as the folklore says, most notably waterfowl harvested in the Great Lakes Region. In fact, even today, one will find the majority of the American Water Spaniel owners and breeders in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and the surrounding states. Moreover, American Water Spaniels are active dogs that will do best when given the opportunity to work off some of their energy, so they are excellent hunting dogs. Their dense, curly coat helps to protect them from the cold water as well as from briars in the woods. Standing about 15-18 inches at the shoulder and weighing in between 24-45 pounds, the breed is considered a medium-sized sporting breed. His medium-size allows waterfowl hunter to take him in a little boat or canoe and he will tenderly retrieve grouse, quail, pheasant, and ducks. The breed sticks close to his human rather than ranging far afield. Hunters along the Mississippi flyway and its northern tributaries often used the breed, taking advantage of the dog’s ability to work in varied from mashes to uplands, his endurance, and his ability to retrieve many birds in a day. However, when larger retriever breeds from England became popular, the little brown spaniel began to fall out of favor. Fortunately, in the early 1900s, Doctor Pfeifer of New London, Wisconsin, was the first to recognize that the little brown spaniels, so well-known in his area, were actually a distinguishable breed. He believed that the breed should be recognized and preserved. He led an effort to gain recognition of what would eventually be called the American Water Spaniel by petitioning the dog registries to recognize the breed. Pfeifer bred and sold American Water Spaniels, formed a breed club, and helped to develop a breed standard. Through his efforts, the breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1920. Over the following years others took up his cause and the breed was eventually recognized by the Field Stud Book in 1938 and the American Kennel Club in 1940. It is important to highlight that it was one of Pfeifer’s own dogs, ‘Curly Pfeifer’, who was the first registered American Water Spaniel.

The American Water Spaniel remains rare, but this rarity has probably saved the breed from splitting into two groups, one used for dog show competitions, and the other to continue the breed’s traditional job as a hunting companion, as seen in some other retriever breeds.

American Water Spaniel General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? American Water Spaniel size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the American Water Spaniel weigh? American Water Spaniel weight:
25-45 pounds (11-20 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the American Water Spaniel? American Water Spaniel average weight:
35 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the American Water Spaniel? American Water Spaniel height:
15-18 inches (36-46 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? American Water Spaniel average height:
16.5 inches (41 cm)

American Water Spaniel Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the American Water Spaniel have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Curly
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper American Water Spaniel's coat?
BrownLiverChocolate
Grooming
How to groom the American Water Spaniel and how often?
Average: The American Water Spaniel requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your American Water Spaniel, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do American Water Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the AWS? American Water Spaniel shedding level:
American Water Spaniels shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. American Water Spaniel dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

American Water Spaniel Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Water Spaniel have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
EnergeticIntelligentProtectiveFriendlyObedientTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Water Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú American Water Spaniel. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
Trainability
Are American Water Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Water Spaniels are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The American Water Spaniel is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? American Water Spaniel sensitivity:
American Water Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
American Water Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the AWS need? American Water Spaniel social needs:
American Water Spaniels need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do American Water Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my American Brown Spaniel bark?
Average: The American Water Spaniel barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is American Water Spaniel good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
American Water Spaniels are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the American Water Spaniels will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do American Water Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
American Water Spaniels are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the American Water Spaniel can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the American Water Spaniel will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do American Water Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the AWS? What are the odds of getting bitten by a American Water Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The American Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Water Spaniel do?
American Water Spaniels have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Water Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American Water Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does American Water Spaniel roam?
American Water Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does American Water Spaniel have high prey drive?
American Water Spaniels have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is American Water Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya American Water Spaniel fajta. Jó, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, így nem jelenthet gondot American Water Spaniel tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
American Water Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
American Water Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where American Water Spaniel dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

American Water Spaniel Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? American Water Spaniel temperament with other people:
American Water Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are American Water Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? American Water Spaniel temperament with children:
American Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American Water Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
American Water Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is American Water Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do American Water Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
American Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the American Water Spaniel is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are American Water Spaniels good office dogs? Do American Water Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can American Water Spaniels be office dogs?
No
American Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do American Water Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the AWS temperament with senior people? Are American Water Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
American Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do American Water Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are American Water Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
American Water Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is American Water Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
American Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can American Water Spaniel be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). American Water Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can American Water Spaniel be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a American Water Spaniel be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. American Water Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can American Water Spaniel be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. American Water Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can American Water Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The American Water Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can American Water Spaniel be a boat dog?
Yes
American Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can American Water Spaniel be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. American Water Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

American Water Spaniel Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do American Water Spaniel dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The American Water Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the American Water Spaniel breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the American Water Spaniel breed? Most common health risks of American Water Spaniel:
AllergiesCataractsDegenerative MyelopathyDistichiasisEpilepsyHeart DiseaseHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismMitral Valve DiseaseProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do American Water Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a American Water Spaniel be?
10-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the American Water Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
American Water Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American Water Spaniel have? What is the activity level of the American Water Spaniel?
American Water Spaniels are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do American Water Spaniel dogs require per day?
American Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
American Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American Water Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? American Water Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average. The American Water Spaniel has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the American Water Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The American Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the American Water Spaniel drool?
The American Water Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the American Water Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the American Water Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

American Water Spaniel Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female American Water Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the American Water Spaniel have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Water Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

American Water Spaniel Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: American Water Spaniels are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya American Water Spaniel fajta.
  • Shedding Level: American Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The American Water Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: American Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: American Water Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: American Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: American Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Boat Dog: American Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: American Water Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: American Water Spaniels have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: American Water Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: American Water Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Dog Friendly: American Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: American Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: American Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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