Description: These dogs are great retrievers, excellent
swimmers and can handle any type of game. American
Water Spaniels are friendly, eager to please and very
The American Water Spaniel was the first breed developed
in the United States as a versatile hunter that could retrieve
game from boats.
Height: 15 - 18 inches.
Weight: 25 - 40 lbs.
Colors: Solid liver, brown or dark chocolate.
Coat: Uniformly wavy or closely curled; undercoat.
Temperament: Eager, intelligent, enthusiastic.
With Children: Yes, exceptionally good with children.
With Pets: Yes, gets along well with other animals.
Watch-dog: High, alert watchdog and pleasant to strangers he has been properly introduced to.
Guard-dog: Medium - Low
Care and Training: Bi-weekly brushing to remove dead hair and prevent matting. Minimal bathing. Vigorous exercise is essential and he should be allowed to swim on occasion.
Learning Rate: Good if positive reinforcement is used
Activity: Indoor - medium, outdoor - very high.
Living Environment: House with a fenced yard; daily exercise and attention. He will adapt to any environment as long as he is with his family.
Health Issues: Skin problems.
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 4 - 6
Country of Origin: United States
History: The exact origins of the American Water Spaniel are unknown but it is said that his ancestors may have included the Irish Water Spaniel, Old English Water Spaniel and the Curly-Coated Retriever. He was breed to have the ability to be a water retriever and used to retrieve ducks and geese and rabbits. In the early days he was also known as "Poor man's dog" as there was relatively little cost in maintenance.