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.
- 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.
- 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.