American Water Spaniel
- AKC recognized in 1940
- Lifespan: 13- 15 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 30” dog crate*
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The American Water Spaniel is a type of athletic dog (sporting dog) from the USA that is known to have the ability to jump into and swim in the water to pick up birds. The fur coat is thick and short and waterproof on most of its body. The head is covered with a soft, short coat. The color of this breed is usually brown-red or dark brown solid, with some dogs having a little white on the chest and legs.
The American Water Spaniel can reach up to 15-18 inches (38-45 cm) tall and weighs 25-45 pounds (11-20 kilograms). This breed originated in the United States in the 19th century and was likely developed from an Irish Water Spaniel, another Spaniel, or a similarly curly-coated retriever.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the American Water Spaniel in 1940. These medium energy dogs are known as protective, obedient, energetic, friendly, and intelligent. This dog is quite rare and there are relatively few people who keep this dog as a pet. As its name suggests, this dog is a strong swimmer. This dog also looks charming and is friendly to other people.
The American Water Spaniel is a medium-sized dog with a thick curly coat that is waterproof on most of its body. The head is covered with shorter fur and is soft to the touch. The colors are typically a solid dark brown or a brownish-red color. Some dogs can have a little white on its legs or chest.
The ears are covered with lobular curls, and are long and wide, hanging almost overhead to the bottom of the neck. Its eyes are slightly rounded and are usually brown to dark brown which matches the color of its fur. It has an almost human-like face complete with interesting expressions. Its tapered tail is covered with medium, curly fur.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
The American Water Spaniel is not that difficult to clean and groom. You can use a comb or a brush to get rid of any loose fur under the coat. A recommended brush will be a rubber-tipped pin brush. This will help make their coat look great. Besides maintenance, these brushes can also be used to distribute oil used on your pet's skin.
It is also important for owners to regularly cut its nails to prevent overgrowth and potentially painful cracking. Check its ear condition to make sure the ears are clean and free from debris. Finally, ensuring regular teeth brushing for good mouth health.
There are only 3,000 American Water Spaniels available now. This dog is very intelligent and it is also easy to train. When training in the water, the owner needs to make sure that the water is safe and not too deep. 30-45 minutes of daily exercise is the adequate amount of time to maintain optimal health.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 30” dog crates* for most adult American Water Spaniels.
* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.
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