American Water Spaniel

Other names : American Brown Spaniel, American Brown Water Spaniel

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Life expectancy

The American Water Spaniel has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 15 and 18 in
Male Between 15 and 18 in

Adult weight

Female Between 24 and 40 lb
Male Between 29 and 44 lb
Coat colour
Type of coat
Long Wavy
Eye colour

Purchase price

The American Water Spaniel costs between £800 and £1100

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American Water Spaniel: Origins and history

The American Water Spaniel was developed in the Fox River Valley region in the state of Wisconsin. Despite being an excellent retriever, it remained relatively unknown even in its home state. However, thanks to the tireless work of Dr Fred Pfiefer, the breed was recognised by the United Kennel  Club in 1920. Dr Pfiefer set up the very first breeding club and spent much of his life promoting the breed. He even wrote letters to potential owners and the hunting community which praised the dog’s abilities. One of them read: "The American Water Spaniel is distinctively an American production. Hunters have known this type for years and it was through their efforts that this dog was propagated.... For years we have bred only selective stock, breeding for gameness, stability, courage, intelligence, and beauty. They are dogs to admire and trust under all conditions whether in the home circle or in the field with the outdoor man."

FCI classification of the American Water Spaniel

  • Group 8 - Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs

  • Section 3 : Water Dogs

Training a American Water Spaniel

These dogs are very trainable. However, puppies can struggle to focus on the task in hand and they display immature behaviours well into their first few years. Handlers need to be patient and take a gentle approach when training these sensitive dogs.

American Water Spaniel: Purchase price

The initial cost of a American Water Spaniel puppy is between £800 to £1,100. The average cost to keep one of these dogs (including vet bills, insurance, and food) is between £70 to £80 a month.

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