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American Water Spaniel

General Description

(Amerikanischer Wasserspaniel)  The American Water Spaniel is an active dog that has a muscular, hardy build. Their long, broad skull features a moderate stop and a medium-length, square-shaped muzzle. Their nose may vary from dark brown to black in color, and their eye color is light brown to hazel. Their teeth meet in a level or scissors bite, and their long ears are covered in curls. Their coat is either liver or chocolate, and white markings may or may not be present. American Water Spaniels have a tapered, feathered tail that hangs with a slight upward curve.

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American Water Spaniels are a highly intelligent breed that is very trainable and eager to learn. They are used to hunt duck, quail, pheasant, grouse, and rabbit. Although predominantly used as a working dog, the American Water Spaniel also makes an excellent guard dog and family companion. They are full of vitality, energy, and are continuously obedient. Trainers of this breed should exhibit patience and understanding, as the American Water Spaniel is sensitive to harsh disciplining. While American Water Spaniels are almost always easy-going, laid-back, and great with children, they can become capable of snapping if improperly raised. American Water Spaniels are terrific swimmers and have a propensity to whine. Some specimens might drool or snore.


15 – 18 inches


25 – 45 pounds

General Health

The American Water Spaniel is a healthy breed overall, but some lines are prone to skin problems. This breed requires a great deal of outdoor exercise. American Water Spaniels typically live for 12 to 15 years, and they average 4 to 6 puppies per litter.


The exact origination of the rare American Water Spaniel is unknown, but they have existed in the Midwestern United States since the 18th century. They have most commonly been utilized as a multi-purpose farm and hunting dog. American Water Spaniels are thought to be derived from the Curly-Coated Retriever and Irish Water Spaniel. Other early Spaniels may have also contributed. They American Water Spaniel possesses a number of natural talents and is an outstanding bird and scouting dog.


American Water Spaniels have an oily coat that needs a thorough brushing twice on a weekly basis. They should be bathed only as necessary to prevent the natural oils from leaving the coat and drying out their skin. This breed sheds minimally, but they are prone to smell because of the oils in their coat.

Ideal Environment

American Water Spaniels will be content in a small household or apartment, as long as they receive plenty of exercise. They are moderately active indoors and are happiest with at least an average-sized yard.

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