American Water Spaniel

Breed origin: USA
Original purpose: All-around hunting dog, bred to retrieve from skiff or canoes and work ground with relative ease.

AKC recognized: 1940
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Weight: males 30 to 45 lbs; females 25 to 40 lbs
Size: Height: 15 to 18 inches
Color: Solid liver, brown or dark chocolate.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: American Water Spaniels are intelligent, friendly, active, and eager to please. They possess great energy and eagerness for the hunt yet are controllable in the field. Typical of spaniel breeds, American Water Spaniels are energetic dogs that do best when allowed to work off some of their energy through activities such as field or obedience training, runs in the park, swimming, or play sessions in the backyard. They have a dense, curly to marcell coat that resists cold water and inclement weather.

Protective? Yes

Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, hunting, tracking, conformation

Known health problems: Cancer, hip dysplasia, diabetes, allergies, hypothyroidism, follicular dystrophy, epilepsy, cataracts.

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Recommended books for further reading:

American Water Spaniel (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Paul R. Morrison
Published in 2007
155 pages

American Water Spaniel (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Constance Rutherford
Published in 1997
93 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Water Spaniel Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Water Spaniel Club Rescue

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