Although a very rare breed, the American Water Spaniel has the distinction of being the official State Dog of Wisconsin. A truly dual-purpose dog, bred for companionship and top-notch retrieval ability, the AWS is an excellent swimmer and boasts a water-resistent, double coat. The unique coat can be solid liver, brown or dark chocolate and ranges from marcel (uniform waves) to closely curled.
A very active breed that requires basic obedience training, which is an essential part of responsible dog ownership. It will make your dog a better companion and will help establish a stronger bond between the two of you. Your American Water Spaniel wants nothing more from life than to please you. Therefore, it is your responsibility to train this faithful companion to do as you wish. Training classes in obedience are available in cities, offered by all breed kennel clubs and dog training clubs. Most have a listing in the newspaper. If none can be found, contact your local veterinarian. We recommend these classes—ranging from puppy or kindergarten to adult and advanced obedience training. For the more serious owners, there are competition classes and dog shows. All are available in most areas of the country and are offered as a service by the local obedience or kennel clubs. Most dogs will learn to obey if you use one-syllable words as your commands. Come, sit, down, no, etc. Dogs do not learn words, but they do associate the sound of the command...sit, with the behavior you want them to carry out. The obedience training will put you one step ahead if you begin hunting with your dog.
Did You Know?
The American Water Spaniel was the first breed developed in the United States as an all-around hunter that could retrieve from boats.
The American Water Spaniel craves companionship. The breed is best suited for households where someone's home during the day.
The American Water Spaniel will serve as an excellent watchdog and barks if he hears any unfamiliar noises.
The breed was named the state dog of Wisconsin in 1986.
Prior to recognition by the AKC, the American Water Spaniel had been purely a working gun dog.
The breed tends to gain weight easily, so should not be overfed.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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