American Water Spaniel

Frequently abbreviated as AWS, the American Water Spaniel is a popular breed of dog for families throughout the United States, Europe and many other parts of the world. This type of spaniel is slightly larger than similar breeds and its double-thick coat allows it to be quite comfortable during the colder months of the year. Coming in a variety of shades of brown, this dog is ideal for living in smaller places due to an easygoing temperament and its ability to get along relatively well with other animals.

Pedigree and Breeding

As the name hints, the American Water Spaniel was developed during the nineteenth century along both the Fox and the Wolf rivers that are located in the state of Wisconsin. Their breeding occurred from the need of local hunter to have a dog that was quite adept at hunting on land as well as in water. This dog was also required to be of a diminutive size so that it could be transported easily across great distances while remaining warm in the frigid temperatures of the cold American north.

The American Water Spaniel is thought to be a combination of a number of breeds including the English and Irish Water Spaniel, the Poodle and the Curly-Coated Retriever. The mix has...

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