Get to know the American Water Spaniel
All you need to know about the breed
Running, jumping, splashing, swimming, fetching: when it comes to the American Water Spaniel, active is the word. In short, this is a dog that needs plenty of exercise. Hardly surprising for a breed that started out as the all-rounder companion to waterfowl hunters, leaping in and out of boats (just the right size not to capsize them in the process) to retrieve game.
As hunting declined, so did the American Water Spaniel’s numbers. Luckily, in the early part of the 20th century, efforts were made to revive the breed: good news for fans of this charming and versatile dog. The American Water Spaniel’s distinctive thick, double-layer curly and waterproof coat in lustrous shades of brown is perhaps its defining physical feature, but the breed’s technical specifications go further, also including thickly padded paws and even webbed toes.
The American Water Spaniel may be full of energy, but if you can persuade them to sit still for five minutes – grooming is a useful pretext – they are also affectionate dogs and make lovely family companions. Once trained, they get on well with children. Like other spaniel breeds, American Water Spaniels are intelligent: that means they need plenty of mental stimulation, as well as physical exercise. With too much time on their paws, they may resort to barking.
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your American Water Spaniel
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