American Water Spaniel

SPORTING American Water Spaniel

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Dog Group: Terrier Group

Activity Needs: Needs Lots Of Activity

Barking Level: When Necessary

Coat Type: Short, Smooth

Breed Size: Large (61-100Lbs)

Training Level: Agreeable

Characteristics: Best Family Dogs, Best Guard Dogs

Shedding Levels: Infrequent

American Water Spaniel TrainingThe American Water Spaniel (AWS) is a rare breed that comes from the Great Lakes region of the United States. They’re famous for their strong water recovery skills. Despite their lack of recognition, they can make great family pets providing they are getting enough exercise to satisfy their high energy levels. Intelligent, cheery and enthusiastic, they develop strong bonds with their family members.


There is absolutely no mistaking an American water spaniel. These types of pups possess a distinct appearance, that comes with their signature curly brown coats. In fact, you’ll only come across these dogs in shades of brown, chocolate, and liver. While this breed doesn’t actively shed, they have thick double coats and will enjoy being brushed two or 3 times per week to get rid of any dead hair.

The American water spaniel has long and floppy ears—much like hound breeds, except with curlicues which makes to get a stylish hair style. This breed is likely to have a broad head with wide-set, rounded eyes and wide nostrils that (fun fact!) enhance their sense of smell when hunting and retrieving, according to the American Water Spaniel Club (AWSC).

Diet and Nutrition

All canines should always be given a high quality and carefully portion-controlled diet to enable them to maintain good health and to avoid obesity. The American Water Spaniel isn’t an exception. Frequent weigh-ins with the vet and checking to make sure that they’ve got a visible waistline can help. Should they be a really active dog, you might also want to consider feeding them a diet plan designed for working or active breeds. This will ensure they are getting enough nutrients to satisfy their energy levels.