Origin: United States
Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 10-14 years
Weight: 30-45 pounds (male), 25-40 pounds (female)
Height: 15-18 inches
Origin of Name: The American Water Spaniel, is a breed of spaniel which originated in the United States.
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American Water Spaniels are muscular Gandogs, not attractive in looks or performance, and are recognizable by a luscious brown coat that is either tightly curled or wavy. Working on the icy waters and marshy edges of the Great Lakes region, these spaniels are ideally designed for work: the coats are dense and waterproof, the feet are thickly padded, the toes are cropped, And the body is small, a dog to hop in and out of a cliff without moving the boat. Fans of the breed describe a miracle, intelligent and versatile spaniel who is suited to playing a variety of dogs. As hunters, they combine spaniels and working traits of retrieval. The key activity of American water spaniels is happiness, especially with their adorable human. An unemployed dog can be barking and destructive.
The development of American breeds is a special case of "Yankee ingenuity" for adopting Old World material to solve New World problems. An obvious example would be how the American colonists used European breeds in the creation of the "Konhoids" who helped expand our nation's westward by supplying a stable source of meat and fur. Another good example of Yankee ingenuity is the American Water Spaniel.
European immigrants who settled Wisconsin and Minnesota depended on the region's vast water area for livelihood. Generation-by-generation he created a great new dog, the American Water Spaniel, using various European breeds to meet the unique challenges of hunting in and around the Great Lakes. Exactly how, when, or where the breed was created will probably remain a mystery. Irish water spaniels, curly-coated retrievers and the now extinct English water spaniel have been mentioned in history as possible constituent breeds.
Their names have been lost to history, but the frontiers with the practical brains behind the American water spaniel considered the breed to have an excellent nose as well as a hunting companion, downturned waterfalls (they swam like seals, say) Fans of the breed) but such upland games as the group, quail and partridge look for birds in the spring. The breed is also known to hunt a little rabbit on the side.
Before you set your heart on this dog, be advised that the breed is rare these days. The American Water Spaniel Club estimates that there are probably no more than 3,000 in existence.
The American Water Spaniel entered the AKC Stud Book in 1940 and was named Wisconsin's official dog in 1985. More about this source textSource text required for additional translation information
The American Water Spaniel was developed in the United States as an all-around hunting dog, ready to obtain from a skiff or canoe and operate with relative ease. The American Water Spaniel is an active muscular dog, ranging in size from a Marseille to a curly coat. Emphasis is placed on the proper size and symmetrical relationship of the parts, texture of the coat and color.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days
The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch's discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time
American Water Spaniels should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog's calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog's weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
American Water Spaniards are outdoor athletes who love hunting and swimming, so they require adequate exercise. Without sufficient activity, they can bark and become destructive. A minimal, vigorous game session with your owner or a companion dog in the park or large backyard is needed every day. They are really thrilled when they are given a job to hunt and to hunt great - after all, it is in their DNA. Attending field trials or obedience, agility, or dock diving events will give the American Water Spaniel a chance to burn off that extra energy in a positive way.
As with all breeds, most American water spaniels will live longer and healthier lives, given proper care and regular veterinarian visits. A responsible breeder will test the breeding stock for health concerns such as hip dysplasia, eye disorders, cardiac abnormalities and degenerative myelopathy.Recommended Health Test