Most dog enthusiast claims that this breed originated as a cross between the Irish Water Spaniel and the Curly-Coated Retriever. These dogs are bred to hunt in the swamps, bogs, river and lakes of the American Midwest. Today, these dogs continue to do work and provide companionship to people.
These medium-sized, athletic framed dogs are covered in either curly or wavy coats that comes in brown, liver, or chocolate. Their heads have rounded eyes, wide noses, rectangular muzzles, and wide, long, and feathered ears.
These dogs are great household companions as they get along well with people, and play gently with children. They always guard their families with a watchful eye. They will do good in apartments as long as they get their daily walk outdoor. However, it would be best if they belong outdoors, stomping through woods and streams. American Water Spaniels are highly trainable, and they don’t need heavy-handed treatment during training.
For grooming, their coats require a good brushing several times per week. Bathe them only when necessary, since soap can remove the coat’s natural oils.
This breed have a life expectancy of up to 16 years with common health issues including eye problems, hip dysplasia, and cardiac issues.