American Water Spaniel

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American Water Spaniel History

The American Water Spaniel is a breed of gun dog that originated in the 1760s in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland. The most well-known variety of the spaniel is the American variety, and this variation is descended from English Springer Spaniels and Irish Setters. The AKC recognized the breed in 1884, and the American Kennel Club (AKC) listed the breed as “rare” in 1940. The popularity of the Cocker Spaniel in the 1920s resulted in a decline in the popularity of the Water Spaniel, although it is possible to find well-bred examples of the rare-willed type today. The male of the species tends to be larger than the female, measuring 53.5–60.7 cm (21–24 in) at the withers. The coat is either flat or wavy, and is water-repellent and medium in length. The tail is docked to 3.5–5.0 cm (1.4–2.0 in). Adult males weigh between 26–32 kg (57–71 lb) and females between 20–28 kg (44–62 lb). ## What is the history of the Afghan Hound dog breed? The Afghan Hound is a sighthound and, along with the Afghan Maqbool, is considered to be one of the oldest non-extinct breeds in the world. The ancestors of the modern Afghan Hound trace their origins to Central Asia, and the animal was commonly depicted by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

American Water Spaniel Physical Characteristics

The American Water Spaniel is a small, short-legged breed of spaniel that is typically 10 to 12 inches at the withers and 25 to 35 pounds in weight. They have long, straight, very white, silky hair that falls over their eyes and hangs down their backs. They have brown eyes and a small, erect ear. They are outgoing, playful, and friendly. They are known for their hunting abilities.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 15 – 18 inches

Female Height Range: 15 – 18 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 30 – 45 lbs

Female Weight Range: 25 – 35 lbs

American Water Spaniel Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

American Water Spaniel Health Concerns

Mitral Valve Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy, Distichiasis, Lenticular Opacities, Hip Dysplasia, Heart Disease

American Water Spaniel Temperament and Behaviour

The American Water Spaniel is a friendly, intelligent, and active dog breed. They are quick learners and make great companions. They are also known for being very loyal and protective of their family and home. American Water Spaniels are active dogs who need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They are generally good with other dogs and children, but may be suspicious of strangers.

American Water Spaniel Activity Requirements

American Water Spaniels are small, friendly, and adaptable. They are great for first-time dog owners because they are easy to train and they love being around people. They adapt easily to new situations, making them great travel companions. A daily walk or jog is more than enough to keep your American Water Spaniel’s body in shape. They are not high-energy, but they still enjoy getting out for some fresh air. If you are thinking about an American Water Spaniel, be sure you have a fenced yard or live near a park. This dog loves to explore and will often take off after squirrels or other dogs. They enjoy the outdoors and are very playful and energetic.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

American Water Spaniel is part of the Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

American Water Spaniel is part of the Gundog group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

American Water Spaniel is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

American Water Spaniel is part of the Sporting group.

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