Species group: Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): AWS
Wisconsin's official state dog, the American Water Spaniel is a gundog breed thought to have been developed by market hunters in the Fox and Wolf River valleys of Wisconsin to pursue the abundant waterfowl of the Great Lakes region.
According to the American Water Spaniel Club, this is a rare breed with only about 3,000 alive at any given time. They are primarily a hunting breed with a desire to swim and retrieve-- or to swim and play fetch if you prefer to keep them as a companion. While the AWS is a lively choice for the active family or outdoorsperson, they become unhappy or destructive trapped in small apartments.
Despite the joy they take in retrieving, this is not a Labrador or Golden Retriever. The American Water Spaniel is not guaranteed to go to everyone. Indeed, some of them have trained to serve as watchdogs.
Appearance / health:
The American Water Spaniel is a muscular and hardy medium-sized dog. Its skull is broad with a moderate stop and its medium length muzzle is square and smooth. The breed’s ears are long and covered with curls and the medium length head is moderately long. The nose may be dark brown or black. The eye color usually corresponds with the coat color in shades of brown or hazel. Generally, the teeth meet in either a level or scissors bite. The breed features a feathered tail that tapers, hanging with a slight upward curve and helps serve as a rudder while swimming.
The American Water Spaniel is a light shedder. The oily coat of the breed needs a thorough brushing twice a week to remove dead hair and prevent matting. Bathing should be done only when necessary as it removes the natural oils in the coat and can make the skin dry.
The breed should be allowed a lot of physical activity and socializing, else, it may become aggressive. The breed loves roaming around and swimming in the water.
Although the American Water Spaniel is generally free of serious health issues, the breed is found to be prone to skin problems. Some of the minor health issues that may crop up from time to time include, cardiac abnormalities, cancer, hip dysplasia (inherent disease that affects hip joint causing crippling, or lameness), diabetes, allergies, hypothyroidism (deficiency of thyroid hormone affecting the metabolic function of many organs in the dog), follicular dystrophy (a genetic disease causing hair loss), and cataracts. It is advised that all the American Water Spaniels used for breeding should receive health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for hips, heart, and hypothyroidism as well as an eye clearance from the Canine Eye Registration Foundation.
Behavior / temperament:
American Water Spaniels are intelligent and very trainable. It loves attention, but can entertain itself. Some snore and some bark and whine quite a bit. It is an enthusiastic swimmer and makes a great hunter in difficult waters, in the woods and over uneven terrain, hunting for quails, ducks, pheasants, grouses, rabbits, and other birds. This breed likes to roam. Friendly, intelligent, and willing to please, this breed has many of the common spaniel characteristics.
American Water Spaniels take well to training that offers some variety rather than routine drills. Harsh training techniques do not work for the majority of this breed. In fact, harsh training often causes the dog to become shy or even bite out of fear. This breed does well under a trainer who is consistent and fair when dealing with the dog. They have a high learning rate.
They tend to be noisy.
smart dog, good watchdogs, great little dogs, water play
My Dog Rusty
Rusty was a beautiful chocolate brown dog who was brought home by my policeman brother when I was about 15. He had been confiscated in some kind of a raid. My brother took a liking to him so instead of putting him in the pound he brought him home. Well it didn't take that dog long to decide whose dog he was. He was so much fun. He absolutely loved water play and swimming. In the summer he didn't need to be asked more than once to go swimming. He would get so excited and jump around like a puppy. He seemed to be a very smart dog and really understood what you said to him. He was so soft and silky to pet. In the evenings we would sit out on the back porch and my dad would play the mandolin and sometimes Mom would join in on the organ and Rusty would lay his head on my lap and we would sit until bed time.
From Grama Penny Apr 21 2009 1:46AM
Inflammatory joint disease
Inflammation = a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection. Inflammatory joint disease can be caused by infection or immune-mediated disease. Immune-mediated polyathritis is fairly rare in dogs, but still occurs sporadically. Adequan is made from bovine cartilage and it resembles by its composition to normal cartilage so it is easily integrated into the joint. Adequan is made more than 20 years ago for control of the symptoms of noninfectious degenerative joint problems aka arthritis. Its main role is to lubricate the joints, stop inflammation (by stoping prostaglandins E2) and stopping the degenerative process and also promote re-building of some elements of the cartilage. Adequan is given every 3-4 days (twice a week) up to 8 times. The dosage is 2 mg/lb body weight (.02 mL/lb, or 1 mL per 50 lb). This therapy is maybe pricey, but it shows very good results and movement improvement..
From DVM Ivana Vukasinovic 7 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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