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Description of American Water Spaniel

The Breed History

Predominantly found in the US Midwestern states, this dog is thought to have arisen from the Curly-coated Retriever, Tweed and Irish Water Spaniels, and Field Spaniels. The Boykin Spaniel may also be related to this breed. First recognition by the AKC occurred in 1940. The American Water Spaniel is the designated State Dog of Wisconsin and is considered a rare breed.

Breeding for Function

Strictly developed as a dual-purpose gun dog, they are excellent at following scent and flushing the quarry such as birds and rabbits. American Water Spaniels possesses an excellent ability to swim, and thus excel as a water retriever. The heavy tail can help to steady the dog in water like a rudder.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: 15-18" (38-45.5 cm).

Weight: females 25-40 lb (11.5-18 kg), males 30-45 lb (13.5-20.5 kg).

Coat: The haircoat may be wavy or curly and a thick undercoat is present. Colors include liver, chocolate, or brown. Small white markings are accepted on the toes and chest. They are light to moderate shedders and have moderate grooming needs; the haircoat can be a bit oily.

Longevity: 11-12 years

Points of Conformation: Medium size, longer than tall, and solid bone and muscling characterizes this breed. The eyes are light brown, hazel, or dark brown. Eyes are medium-sized, moderately deep set and the palpebral margins are tight. The skull is flat and broad. Ears are long, wide and heavily feathered. The stop is moderate, the muzzle square and fairly long, and the nose is dark brown or black. The neck is short-to-medium, and not throaty. The topline is level, and the thorax moderately deep with well sprung ribs. The tail is carried fairly level, is moderately feathered and tapers at the terminus. Limbs are straight boned, and the feet are webbed and compact. Front dewclaws may be left on. The gait is smooth, powerful and ground covering.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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