American Water Spaniel Dog Breed Introduction:
The American Water Spaniel is a rare breed, almost exclusive to the United States. It has perhaps it’s largest numbers (and fan-base) in the state of Wisconsin where it is the State Dog. This means when you own an American Water Spaniel puppy you own a truly rare and unique dog. The serve both as excellent retrieval dogs and companions. Check out Cute Puppies For Sale’s full Dog Breed Directory to identify a Breeder with American Water Spaniel Puppies for sale close by.

American Water Spaniel Puppies

American Water Spaniel Puppy

American Water Spaniel Dog Breed Origins and History:
There is not concrete history of the American Water Spaniel, some believe the breed to have been present already in the United States and created by the Native Americans, others think that the breed came over on some of the first ships that reached the shores of the Americas. When you look at your American Water Spaniel puppy you will see a dog breed that came from the regions around the Great Lakes, particularly Minnesota and Wisconsin (its adopted home state). This breed was created in the 1800s from mixes of English Water Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Waters Spaniels the Curly Coated Retriever and several other breeds over the years.

The American Water Spaniel has an interesting history with AKC registration and recognition as well. The breed was an excellent hunter and water retriever (most likely the first created in the country) and owners worried about the reduction in the hunting qualities of the breed if they became AKC registered and thus “show dogs”. The breed did finally become officially recognized under the AKC in 1940, though registration of those with dogs of hunting lines still often do not register them, thus making a rare breed even more rare on paper. Their numbers have remained small ever since as their popularity peaked early on, however the breed remains close to the hearts of loyal owners and enthusiasts and earned it’s Wisconsin State Dog title in 1985.

American Water Spaniel Puppies for Sale

American Water Spaniel Puppies

American Water Spaniel Dog Breed Appearance:
The American Water Spaniel is of the sporting group, considered a “gun dog” they are built for water retrieval and hunting. They are well-muscled and sturdy dog of medium size. The head is of medium length and features a square muzzle. The nose comes in black or brown and is wide. Eyes are similarly wide with complimentary color of dark brown, brown-hazel or brown-yellow. Their ears are a trademark; they hang down long from the eye level and are covered with curly fur. They have a feathered tail that comes to a point and is about medium length to slightly long. The American Water Spaniel puppy almost immediately has its double coat, topped with curly or wavy hair in a brown, dark brown or solid liver color. The toes and chest sometimes have small amounts of white. They weigh 25-45 pounds and are about 15-18 inches in height.

American Water Spaneil Dog Breeders

American Water Spaneil Dog Breed

American Water Spaniel Dog Breed Temperament:
The breed is happy, intelligent and eager to please their owners. They are hunters by nature but respond well to training and commands. They are spaniels and their behavior is similar to others of that type. They tend to bond strongly with a singular family member (treating them as the alpha) and consider others, particularly children as their “kennel mates”. This can lead to a overly-protective nature for single individuals and sometimes “the pack” but again they are fairly easily trainable and breakable of bad habits. Training should be consistent and socialization should come early and often. The love to please and are happy in nature, so training should be equally calm and friendly; they want to get things right! As with many breeds lack of enough exercise both physical and mental can lead to behavioral issues, including barking and whining. This is definitely a breed for the outdoors, they will not need to be taught much should it come to swimming, hunting or retrieving. See Cute Puppies For Sale’s thorough Dog Breed Index to locate an American Water Spaniel Puppies for Sale from reputable breeders near you.

American Water Spaniel Dog Breeders

American Water Spaniel Breed

American Water Spaniel Dog Breed Mortality and Health:
There are no overriding health concerns with breed, however many problems are possible though rare, such as: hip dysplasia, diabetes, allergies, skin conditions, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, cataracts and various other conditions including cancer. These are no more prevalent in any other breed, but they are series with the AWS as their numbers are already small. Many of these things can be tested for and should be before purchase.

American Water Spaniel Dog Breed Overview:
The AWS or American Water Spaniel is hardy, weather-resistant, intelligent and loving breed. They are excellent in the home, and outdoors playing or on the hunt. Their aim is to please, combined with a good level intelligence they are fairly easily trainable. Your American Water Spaniel puppy will grow to be a constant companion and friend to you and your family. Experience a true rare American dog breed with your securing of an American Water Spaniel puppy. Cute Puppies For Sale’s extensive Dog Breed Directory to locate American Water Spaniel Breeders in your state.

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