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American Water Spaniel

Origin United States
GroupGun Dog
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Other Names
What other names does the American Water Spaniel have? The breed also known as...
AWS, American Brown Spaniel, American Brown Water Spaniel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the American Water Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the American Water Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Water Spaniel gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What is the American Water Spaniel's size? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the American Water Spaniel weigh?
25-45 pounds (11-20 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
35 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the American Water Spaniel?
15-18 inches (36-46 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
16.5 inches (41 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the American Water Spaniel have? What does this canine coat look like?
Curly
Colors
What color is the American Water Spaniel's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
BrownLiverChocolate
Grooming
How to groom the American Water Spaniel and how often?
Average: The American Water Spaniel requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your American Water Spaniel, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do American Water Spaniels shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
American Water Spaniels shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. American Water Spaniels could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Water Spaniel have?
EnergeticIntelligentProtectiveFriendlyObedientTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Water Spaniel?
Average: American Water Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are American Water Spaniels easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Water Spaniels are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The American Water Spaniel is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
American Water Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle light punishments very well. They don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
American Water Spaniels are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
American Water Spaniels need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do American Water Spaniels bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The American Water Spaniel barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are American Water Spaniels good watchdogs?
American Water Spaniels are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the American Water Spaniels will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
American Water Spaniels are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the American Water Spaniel can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the American Water Spaniel will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The American Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Water Spaniel do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
American Water Spaniels have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Water Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American Water Spaniel to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
American Water Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
American Water Spaniels have low to average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Are American Water Spaniels good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
American Water Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
American Water Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
American Water Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are American Water Spaniels kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
American Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American Water Spaniels get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
American Water Spaniels are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do American Water Spaniels get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
American Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the American Water Spaniel is not a good choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do American Water Spaniels have health problems?
American Water Spaniels are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do American Water Spaniels live? What is this dog average life span?
10-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the American Water Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
American Water Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American Water Spaniel have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
American Water Spaniels are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American Water Spaniels require per day?
American Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
American Water Spaniels don't need to much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American Water Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average. The American Water Spaniel has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the American Water Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The American Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The American Water Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the American Water Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the American Water Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female American Water Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the American Water Spaniel have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Water Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Advantages

  • Shedding Level: American Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The American Water Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: American Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
  • Trainability: American Water Spaniels are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: American Water Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Adaptability: American Water Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Territorial: American Water Spaniels are extremely protective guard dogs.

Disadvantages

  • Hypoallergenic: American Water Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: American Water Spaniels have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.

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