American Water Spaniel



American Water Spaniel is developed in the United States and is later made the state dog of Wisconsin in 1985.The breed originated in the areas along the Wolf river and the Fox River during the early 19th century. The American Water Spaniel’s ancestors include the Irish Water Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, Field Spaniel, and the now-extinct Old English Water Spaniel. Over the years, the number of the breed began to dwindle. In 2010, it is the 143rd most popular breed in the United States out of 167 breeds.


American Water Spaniel is medium-sized with solid liver, brown or chocolate colored coat. Its coat can either be tightly curled or in the “marcel pattern” where the fur falls in waves. The coat has an outside layer which protects the dog from foliage and an inside layer which keeps the dog warm. It carries long, wide ears and usually weighs around 25-45 lbs. The average height is 15-18 inches.


American Water Spaniel is versatile and agile. It is not the fastest swimmer but has a high level of endurance. The breed excels at training that offers some variety other than routine training drills. However, they can be food possessive and stubborn. They are mentally slow to mature from puppyhood. Even though they are originally bred for hunting, they are also suitable for homes. They get along with children and enjoy playing with them.


American Water Spaniel is known to suffer from eye issues like cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. The average of cataract onset is under one-year-old. Other concerns include epilepsy, allergies, and glandular disorders that may cause baldness. The breed has an average lifespan of 10-13 years.