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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

Shedding Amount

 Younger Children


Active Lifestyle


Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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american water spaniel

American Water Spaniels are active,outgoing and enthusiastic.


American Water Spaniels are friendly , keen and very eager to please this is a very good natured  dog, they love to be around people and are equally at home being in the great outdoors flushing varmints as they are cuddled up with you on your lap after a hard day in the boonies.

Conversely this is not a dog that likes to spend much time on its own and will develop dog behavioral problems such as separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

They are a very vocal breed and will bark equally  when they are happy  and if left alone or need attention , again unless this is trained out of them at an early age it may become problematic, especially if you have neighbours close by.


Generally pretty good with children of all ages when socialised with them and will play with quite boisterous children. However they can snap if frightened so children must be taught never to approach or sneak up on this dog from behind. Why not check out some other dog breeds that are good with children


The American Water Spaniel is an outdoor dog with enthusiasm for the hunt , so his exercise demands are high, whether that be running , swimming hiking or whatever. Owners will need a good sized back yard and plenty of room to roam, This is not a dog for apartment dwellers and the inactive.


Whist not aggressive or particularly ferocious, they  do make good watchdogs on account of being wary of strangers and loving to bark.


 Easy to maintain, light shed, but constant weekly brushing and occasional clipping round the feet , topknot and ears.

American Water Spaniel Breed Notes

The American Water Spaniel  was bred to hunt water fowl and first made an appearance in the mid 1860’s around Wisconsin travelling alongside settlers as they moved in to the as yet undeveloped Mid western interior.

Thought to be a mixture of the Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coated Retriever and the now extinct English Water Spaniel , these Americans proved ideally suited to their local environment being great all round dogs; capable of flushing and retrieving both on land and water, an added bonus was that being small they could fit nicely into canoes which was vital to hunt waterfowl on rivers and lakes.

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American Water Spaniel


Generally healthy but ask about dysplasia, patella luxation, PRA and heart defects. Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

Ideal Water Spaniel Owners are active and experienced , often families who enjoy energetic walks , playing and training and who can provide plenty of early socialisation. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club



Comparable Breeds

Curly Coated Retriever

Irish Water Spaniel

Curly Coated Retriever

Group: Sporting

Size: Medium

Recognised By The American Kennel Club and others

Avg Height: 15-18”  

Avg Weight: 23-35 lbs

Life span: 12-14 yrs

 Coat Type double coated. oily curly dense outer, thick soft inner  

Colouration: :primarily liver or chocolate in colour   

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