Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Enxtinct
Life Span: 10-15 years
Weight: Male: 13.5-20, Female: 11-18
Height: Male: 13-18, Female: 15-17
Origin of Name: The English Water Spaniel is a breed of dog that has been extinct since the first part of the 20th century.
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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 in 1985 was named Wisconsin's official dog.