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American Water Spaniel


The versatile AWS is independent and vocal, often the life of the party. As they began as hunting dogs, they train well with strong owners, who can make it clear that they are the alpha in the relationship. Although they can be on the aggressive side, they interact well with children and make good apartment dogs.

Adult Size

  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Little

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Sporting Group

Coat Length

  • Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat


  • Brown
  • Chocolate
  • Liver


  • Drools Regularly

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 14-16″
  • 17-20″

Full Grown Weight

  • 26-30lbs
  • 31-35lbs
  • 36-40lbs
  • 41-45lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed
  • Very Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Does Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?





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