Facts about American Water Spaniel Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for American Water Spaniel puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



American Water Spaniel History and Information

This is one of the few breeds that originated in the United States. It's generally accepted that the breed was developed in the Wolf and Fox River Valley regions of Wisconsin in the mid-1800s.

The breed was probably developed from the now extinct English water spaniel, the curly-coated retriever and the Irish Water Spaniel. Some experts believe other breeds might have been used as well.

The American Water Spaniel was developed as a hunting dog. It's equally skilled at flushing and retrieving, and can work on land and in water. Like its Irish cousin, it can work in cold water.

The breed, also known as AWS, is the state dog of Wisconsin.

Today, the breed is considered rare, with most dog owners and breeders still concentrated in the Wisconsin area.

Physical Characteristics of American Water Spaniel Puppies

This is a small to medium-size dog.

It has a solidly build muscular body that is slightly longer than it is tall. The head is moderate in length, with a square muzzle, wide nose, long and wide drop ears, and medium size eyes. The tail is moderate in length and slightly curved. The legs are medium in length and straight.

The coat is tightly medium in length, curled, dense and weather resistant. It comes in liver-brown.

    Height Weight
  Male 15 - 18 inches 35 - 45 pounds
  Female 15 - 18 inches 25 - 40 pounds


The American Water Spaniel is an intelligent, easy going, and friendly dog.

These dogs are fast learners and highly trainable, but they are very sensitive. They don't respond well to harsh treatment. Instead, they do best when treated firmly but in a calm manner.

Consider socializing your dog while he is still young to prevent excessive shyness and dog aggressiveness when he is an adult. Basic dog obedience training is also recommended to discourage possessiveness.

They are eager to please, are good with other pets, love children, and make good family pets.

The AWS is an excellent swimmer and will love all activities involving water. It also loves to roam, so a fenced yard is recommended to prevent it from escaping.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

American Water Spaniels can adjust to an apartment lifestyle but will do best in the suburban setting.

They are best suited for a firm but gentle and patient owner.

Some American Water Spaniel breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

The American Water Spaniel is an active breed and needs a lot of exercise to work off all the excess energy.

These dogs enjoy going for long walks. They also love to swim and can get plenty of exercise from this activity.

At a minimum, take your pet for one or two long walks every day.


The breed doesn't shed much.

Brush 2 to 3 times per week.

Bathe only when necessary. To protect from dry skin and prevent washing off natural oils in the coat, use mild shampoos.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the American Water Spaniel is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health concerns include blindness, epilepsy, heart problems, and thyroid problems. Visit dog health problems to learn more about these diseases.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable American Water Spaniel breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a healthy American Water Spaniel puppy is between 12 and 15 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local American Water Spaniel rescue. This is a very rare breed, but you may get lucky.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this American Water Spaniel Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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