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Other names/Nicknames:
  • None
Country/Date of origin:
  • United States
  • Late 1800′s
  • 15 to 18 inches
  • Females: 25 to 40 pounds
  • Males:  30 to 45 pounds
  • Intelligent and trainable.
  • A natural retriever.
  • Affectionate towards people.
  • Gets along well with other dogs.
  • Noisy.
  • A watchdog that will bark an alarm.

One of the few breeds native to the United States, the American Water Spaniel was obviously created by mixing Irish Water Spaniels and Curly-Coated Retrievers.  Not particularly handsome, it is a tireless worker and adept at flushing upland game or retrieving waterfowl.  Recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) since 1940.

Body Type:
  • A long-legged, medium-sized, spaniel.
  • The long tail is covered with hair.  It is not altered.
  • Long, wide ears are set high on the head.  Ears are heavily feathered and are not altered.
  • A dense coat of moderately-long, close curls.  Water-resistant.
  • Always chocolate or liver in color.
  • Does not have a topknot.
  • Hair on the forehead is smooth, but the ears are covered with close curls of a longer length than the body hair.
Health and Wellness:
  • Skin allergies.
What you should know:
  • A very rare breed.
  • Puppies will be extremely difficult to find.
  • Most of the American Water Spaniels are in the Midwest.
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