Due to its characteristics and qualities, the American Water Spaniel demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "Great Lakes Dog". The origin of the American Water Spaniel dog breed was in United States where it was developed in the mid 1800's.
American Water Spaniel Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group: The American Water Spaniel is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group.
Other names for the American Water Spaniel: The American Water Spaniel is known by the nickname of the "Great Lakes Dog". Other names for this breed of dog include the Amerikanischer Wasserspaniel, AWS and AM Water Spaniel.
Origin of the name American Water Spaniel: The name "American Water Spaniel" is in reference to the dog's country of origin in the United States of America where its was bred as a hunting and water dog to flush and retrieve waterfowl. The word 'spaniel' originated in Spain and referred to a surname meaning "Spaniard". It was then transferred as a name for a breed of dog supposedly of Spanish origin.
American Water Spaniel History and Origin: The country of origin of the American Water Spaniel breed was in United States during the mid 1800's.
The ancestors of the American Water Spaniel are uncertain, but some experts believe they descend from the Irish Water Spaniel, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the extinct English Water Spaniel. This breed was developed as a Hunting Dog to flush birds such as pheasant and quail, small game such as rabbits and waterfowl such as ducks and geese.
The 'soft mouth' of the American Water Spaniel was ideal for retrieving quarry intact without causing any damage to the bird or game. The American Water Spaniel breed originated in the Great Lakes region of North America where it worked on the boats and along the shoreline.
The American Water Spaniel came near to extinction in the early 1900's as the popularity of hunting started to decline. The American Water Spaniel breed was saved by dog breeder Dr. J.F. Pfiefer of New London, Wisconsin who began to breed the dog and started to sell the dogs in Wisconsin. The American Water Spaniel began to appear in the American midwest, in states such as Minnesota, Ohio and Kansas where it was used on hunting expeditions as a gundog. The American Water Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1940.
American Water Spaniel Modern History: The American Water Spaniel was recognized as the official state dog of Wisconsin in 1986. The American Water Spaniel breed is still relatively rare and is suited as a lively family pet and companion and a gundog.
American Water Spaniel Height: The American Water Spaniel breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 15-18 inches (38-46 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.
American Water Spaniel Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 25-45 pounds (11-20 kg). . The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.
American Water Spaniel Coat Type: The double coat is described as a curly, double coat, with a dense undercoat. Some American Water Spaniel dogs have a less tightly curled coat that is called the Marcel coat.
American Water Spaniel Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include chocolate, brown and liver colors. The word "liver" signifies any shade from yellow to brown.
American Water Spaniel Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the American Water Spaniel is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of the American Water Spaniel is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.
American Water Spaniel Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 4 - 6 puppies. American Water Spaniel puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of American Water Spaniel puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
American Water Spaniel Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Lively, Energetic, Obedient, Protective and Loyal.
American Water Spaniel Exercise Requirements - MODERATE Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The American Water Spaniel requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a well-balanced, robust gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.
American Water Spaniel Diet: A fully grown American Water Spaniel should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
American Water Spaniel Health Problems: Potential health problems of the American Water Spaniel breed include Skin Problems . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the American Water Spaniel dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
American Water Spaniel Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the American Water Spaniel breed is 13 - 15 years.
American Water Spaniel Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the American Water Spaniel breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male American Water Spaniel names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Jack *** Toby *** Casey *** Rave *** Josh *** Kenan *** Timon *** Zethan *** Oliver *** Bandit.
American Water Spaniel Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female American Water Spaniel names are Lydia *** Mara *** Zia *** Molly *** Gracie *** Sammy *** Rosie *** Missy *** Brandy *** Coco.