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American Water Spaniel Puppies
Description: The American Water Spaniel was developed as an all-around hunting dog, bred to retrieve from skiff or canoes, as they were sometimes referred to as the "Skiff dog". They are an active, muscular dog, medium in size with a curly coat which has oil coating that makes them water resistant. The American Water Spaniel's head is moderate in length, with a broad full skull with a strong neck that blends smoothly with the shoulders. It has long ears with close curls, hazel-brown, alert eyes set well apart, and a sufficiently wide nose to ensure excellent scenting ability. All these are attributes that make the American Water Spaniel a great hunting dog. The American Water Spaniel also has a well developed and sturdily constructed back. Primarily a hunting dog, the American Water Spaniel also makes an ideal family pet who will interact well with the entire family. The American Water Spaniels still thinks of himself as a water dog and hunting comes natural to them. The American Water Spaniel is the state dog of Wisconsin.
Type: Gun Dog
liver, brown or dark chocolate sometimes with small amounts of white on
the chest and toes.
American Water Spaniels are busy, affectionate, friendly, eager, intelligent,
and enthusiastic. The American Water Spaniel is much esteemed by huntsmen.
They love the water and get a long well with children but can be a bit food
possessive. They are highly trainable, eager and busy. They are very friendly
and do not make really good guards, but do an adequate job. They are friendly
with those they have been properly introduced to. They have the great charm
of a spaniel.
Watch-dog: High. This
is an alert watchdog that is pleasant to strangers they have been properly
Care and Training:
Bi-weekly brushing of the American Water Spaniel is needed to remove dead
hair and prevent matting. Minimal bathing is required. Vigorous exercise
is essential and they should be allowed to swim often, as they enjoy this.
Activity: Indoor - Medium.
Outdoor - Very High.
Health Issues: Alopecia, blindness, deafness, epilepsy, heart problems, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, poor temperament, spinal or neck problems, thyroid problems, and skin problems.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
American Water Spaniel
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