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American Water Spaniel General Appearance:

The American Water Spaniel has a dense, medium build, a well-proportioned bone and muscle structure, a broad head, square muzzle, round, wide-set brown eyes, and long, wide ears. They stand stand 15 to 18 inches tall and weigh 25 to 40 pounds.

True to its name, the American Water Spaniel has a water-resistant coat that can be wavy or tightly curled. Their double coat can vary among different shades of brown, including liver, brown, and dark chocolate brown. Sometimes, they have white spots on their toes or chest. They don't shed much, but their varying coat length can be difficult to groom.

American Water Spaniel Temperament:

Also known as American Brown Spaniels, Water Spaniels are happy, energetic, and eager to please their owners. They love to be active, and they are excellent swimmers. The American Brown Spaniel is less excitable than the English Springer Spaniel, and they are just as skilled at retrieval as the Labrador or Golden Retriever.

American Water Spaniels are even-tempered, but they can be stubborn. They are aloof with strangers, but they love being the center of attention around their family. They make excellent watchdogs and will bark if they hear any strange noises. American Water Spaniels crave companionship, so they're best suited for households — either apartments or homes — where someone is home to keep them company.

American Water Spaniel Fun Fact:

The American Water Spaniel was bred in Wisconsin from a mixture of spaniels, including the Irish and English Water Spaniels. It was originally bred to hunt and retrieve fowl in any environment, on land or water!

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