American Water Spaniel Training and Temperament
The American Water Spaniel is a laid back, loving companion that is usually excellent with children. However they are sensitive and could snap if startled or harshly disciplined. It is used primarily for hunting but makes a good guard dog and companion.
The American Water Spaniel an intelligent and very trainable dog that is very sensitive, so obedience training should be calm, quiet, and persuasive rather than strict and aggressive. It is eager to learn and enthusiastic about it's work.
As with all dogs, American Water Spaniel training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
Either enroll in a certified local dog training school or read this.
One of the few breeds native to the US, the American Water Spaniel was created by crossing Irish Water Spaniels and Curly Coated Retrievers. It is a tireless worker and skilled at flushing and retrieving, game and waterfowl. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club since 1940.
The History Of The American Water Spaniel
The American Water Spaniel originated in the United States during the late 1800's.
The exact origin of this breed is unknown, but since the 18th century, the American Water Spaniel has been a popular farm and hunting dog in the Midwestern United States.
The American Water Spaniel is an outstanding bird dog in varied terrain. It has a gentle mouth, fine nose and works well flushing game and retrieving it.
Description Of The American Water Spaniel
The long unaltered tail is covered with hair. The long, wide ears are set high up on the head and are heavily feathered.
The breed averages 15 - 18 inches high at the shoulder and weighs 25-40 pounds.
The American Water Spaniel is an active and hardy dog. It has a crisp tightly curled or wavy outer coat, with a protective undercoat. Coat colors include liver or chocolate sometimes with a small white spot on the chest.
The medium length muzzle is square and smooth. Ears are long and covered with curls. The nose is either dark brown or black. Eye color should correspond with the coat color in shades of brown or hazel.
Coat & Grooming
The oily coat of the American Water Spaniel needs a thorough brushing twice a week. Bathe only when necessary as bathing removes the natural oils in the coat causing dry skin. The coat may have a strong smell due to the oil. This breed is a light shedder.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a American Water Spaniel is around 12 - 15 years.
Some lines are prone to skin problems.. Please read our page on health problems by clicking here.
Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
American Water Spaniels can be kept in an apartment provided they get enough exercise. They are moderately active indoors and prefer an average sized yard.
For More Information on the American Water Spaniel
To get more information, check out the American Water Spaniel web site: www.americanwaterspanielclub.org
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