The American Water Spaniel is a natural swimmer water loving dog. It is a skilled hunter, sharp retriever and equally a steadfast companion. Rich in playfulness and amusement, they know how to bring smiles on faces. They are very intelligent, sensitive yet eager to please; hold strong bonding with family. They would get destructive when not satisfied by physical exercises; some can be timid but mostly curious to strangers with inquiring stance. They are extremely good with kids but needs early socialization to live with other dogs. They drool and bark a lot.
A small dog packed with a lot of abilities, the American Water Spaniel is smart and sturdy dog. Being larger in length than in height, they project rectangular dimensions. The long muzzle with strong jaws enables them to hold and carry larger birds. They excel in speed, strength and endurance to chase and retrieve over ground as well as in waters. Well muscled, this dog has strong quarters to impel it while swimming. Its outer coat could be medium to long, either uniform, wavy or curly with dense undercoat. This double coat is a natural protection against severity of weathers and harsh conditions of environment. Its gait is moderately balanced with good reach and rive. Long hairs around ears contribute towards its distinction and noble but alert expression.
The history of American Water Spaniel is quite uncertain; however its appearance suggests some connections with Irish Water Spaniels and its forebear. The well known history begins from Midwestern parts of United States where this spaniel was used as hunter companion and retriever. The dog had worked in an efficient manner on land and in waters alike for hunting and retrieving. The breed was a simply hunter companion before it was officially recognized by AKC in 1940. This dog is one among the only two sporting breeds of America which still retains its application limited to hunting companion, they are rarely shown in rings, but still hold the honor of being state dog of Wisconsin. The dog is found rare in United States, but it is believed that more than registered dogs are being used with hunters.
Sociable, intelligent and playful breed, American Water Spaniel is a dog with strong desire to do some job. This bird hunter and retriever dog has pleasing and cheerful nature which thrives more when in family. They are very affectionate with children and share playful activities with them. They are inquisitive rather suspicious to strangers for protection of their family. Very sociable with dogs, some tend to more aggressive and dominating. They do well with other pets if grown together, however birds may become their prey.
This breed is submissive and easy to train for domestication. They respond very well to affectionate handling but training should be firm and committed. Owner should control the pack as a true leader, make sure that the dog knows its status in order of pack and accepts dominance of human. Quite easygoing and loving companion, they bond strongly and will suffer separation anxiety if left detached. A restless and destructive dog would snore, whine and bark a lot, may overreact as well.
It is common for every dog to be satisfied by its physical exercises for peaceful and non-aggressive behaviors at home. The American Water Spaniels also require above average exertion activities for their physical and mental stimulation. Some of its requirements may be met during hunting or retrieving but needs to participate in vigorous play sessions in yard or fetching games in swimming pool while not on job. A walk for at least 30 minutes or running roundups can also contribute in regular exercise planning. Its oily coat needs brushing twice a week; do not brush the dog when it is wet. If bathed, apply moisturizers to retain natural protection of oily coat. Long hairs on legs should be trimmed to facilitate in running, while ears should be periodically examined for cleanliness.
Owner Should Know
American Water Spaniel is high energy dog and requires healthy amount of exercises. They love to walk; run and can swim for physical stimulation. They can also share vigorous play session. Remember an unsatisfied dog would get destructive and aggressive.
They are family oriented dogs and desire to remain touched with family. Separation will induce destructive behaviors including excessive barking and chewing.
This intelligent and stubborn dog tends independent sometimes and would try to show leadership. The rules of pack are clearly defined; teach the dog that human is always the leader over dogs.
The breed can chase its interests when chance is provided, keep them in fenced yard or leased when you are not governing the dog.
They are easy sociable, do not try harsh training methodology, they are curious to strangers thus form strong watchdogs.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.