American Water Spaniel Dog Breed Information


American Water Spaniel Quick Facts
American Water Spaniel
Breed Group: Sporting
Origen: United States of America
Nickname: AWS
Weight: 25-45 lbs
Height: 15-18 inches
Color(s): Solid liver, brown, or dark chocolate


American Water Spaniel Appearance

The American Water Spaniel is a rare breed, with a self-confident expression. They are natural lovers of water, skilled retrievers and multitalented hunters. The American Water Spaniel is slightly longer than tall, solidly built and muscular. The eyes are slightly rounded, wide set and vary in color from light yellow-brown to brown hazel to dark brown, depending on the coat color. The ears are long, wide and well covered with hair. The tail is curved in a rocket fashion and the legs are medium in length.

The American Water Spaniel has a curly to marcell (uniformly wavy) coat that is dense and well-suited to protect him against cold water and inclement weather conditions. The most common colors are solid liver, brown, or dark chocolate. The weight of the American Water Spaniel is around 25-45 pounds and the height is around 15-18 inches.

American Water Spaniel Temperament

The American Water Spaniel is friendly, intelligent and sensitive. They are willing to please and very enthusiastic about its work. The American Water Spaniel makes fine companion animals and they are very protective of its owner. They are highly intelligent breed that gets along well with children and is generally good with other dogs or household pets. Early socialization and training is very important to avoid timidity and potential dog aggressiveness as an adult.

Is American Water Spaniel the Right Dog Breed for You?

The American Water Spaniel was bred to hunt, and they need daily work out. They will do okay in an apartment as long as they get regular physical and mental exercise. Their needs can be met with a long walk on leash or a vigorous game. His time is best when divided between inside and outside to spend some quality time with its family. Too much confinement or isolation can lead to hyperactivity and destructive behavior. The American Water Spaniel can be a drooling breed, especially after eating or drinking.

American Water Spaniel Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the American Water Spaniel is around 10-12 years.

American Water Spaniel Health problems

The American Water Spaniel is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associates with this breed are mitral valve disease and skin problems. They could also be prone to cancer, hip dysplasia, diabetes, allergies, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, cataracts, pulmonic stenosis, CHD (Coronary Heart disease) and patellar luxation. As with all breeds the American Water Spaniel will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy.

American Water Spaniel Care and Grooming

The American Water Spaniel oily coat requires a weekly brushing to keep it in good condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. The American Water Spanish oily coat may occasionally be somewhat "doggy" smelling. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. The ears should be checked regularly to avoid infections.

American Water Spaniel Shedding

The American Water Spaniel is a light shedder, therefore may be suited for those with allergies.