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American Water Spaniel Dog Breed Info & Pictures

On land or in the water, the American Water Spaniel is ready and willing to hunt in any environment. They are packed with a lot of muscle and strong, dense bones, but nothing about this dog comes off as clumsy or cumbersome. They have a distinct, waterproof coat which enables them to hunt in all kinds of conditions — rain, snow, lakes, rivers, you name it.

Their coat can be wavy or curly with an undercoat, and they tend to be brown or dark chocolate colored. Every once in awhile, you’ll find an American Water Spaniel with a splash of white on their chest or paws. They are medium-sized, well-proportioned dogs. Their face is intelligent and alert, and their big, round eyes can range from yellowish-brown to brown. American Water Spaniels have long, dangling ears that are also covered in ample curly or wavy hair. Their forehead has a characteristic splash of curly or wavy hair, giving them a unique haircut. They love to be outside, but they also appreciate the comforts of being indoors.

Energetic, independent, and friendly, an American Water Spaniel is a great addition for an active family that is looking for a dog to explore the great outdoors with, then settle down inside to enjoy some laid-back relaxation.

American Water Spaniel Fast Facts

11 - 13 years
United States
19th century
30 - 45 lb
25 - 40 lb
16 - 18"
15 - 17"
American Water Spanel, American Water Spanul, or American Water Spaniul


Smart and highly trainable, American Water Spaniels excel on the trail or in the house....

The American Water Spaniel enjoys attention when they can get it, but this dog is not needy, and they have no trouble entertaining themselves. Thats a great quality for busy people who are looking for a more independent companion.

If American Water Spaniel puppies are trained well and socialized, they can be great with kids and other pets. However, its important to note that the American Water Spaniel is a very sensitive breed. They need consistent and calm training. They dont respond well to harsh training or intense personalities. If not treated with care, undesirable traits start to pop up, the chief of which is snapping in self-defense. If they arent socialized, they can become timid, which can evolve into aggression against other dogs. But, as long as they are trained with gentle care and exposed to others while young, the American Water Spaniel can grow into a very loving, independent animal that is easy to have around the house.

Caring For a American Water Spaniel

Daily physical and mental exercise is needed for this smart, athletic dog....

Your American Water Spaniel would love it if you took them outside every day so they could sniff, explore, and trot alongside you as you meandered the trails. While many hunting dogs can be so energetic that getting them to wind down at the end of the day can be challenging, the American Water Spaniel is a unique combination of outdoor enthusiasm blended with an appreciation of indoor comforts. They dont want to be inside all the time, but a comfortable home with access to a yard for regular play is ideal.

American Water Spaniels have a beautiful coat, but like most waterproof surfaces, its a tad oily, so they require brushing twice a week. Bathing them with soap removes their coats natural oils, which dries out their skin and can make them pretty uncomfortable. You should only bathe them when you must, like if any romps outside have involved playing in a mud puddle or three.

American Water Spaniel History

Breed History