Thinking about purchasing an American Water Spaniel? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the American Water Spaniel breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.
Fundamental requirements for a being a good American Water Spaniel owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the American Water Spaniel and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an American Water Spaniel Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new American Water Spaniel and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
American Water Spaniel Breed Profile
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
Height: 15 - 18
liver, brown or dark chocolate sometimes with small amounts of white on the
chest and toes.
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 introduced
American Water Spaniel
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.
American Water Spaniel 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:
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