American Water Spaniel

Description:
The American water spaniel's height is around thirty-eight to forty six centimeters; the adequate size is just as important as the symmetry of the dog. This dog should be slightly longer than its height and must not look square or compact. Also keep in mind the texture and color of the coat. The most suitable coat can vary from uniform curls to closed curls and does not necessarily have to be the same all over its body. The dense undercoat is vital to facilitate its work in the water and on difficult terrains. The color of this dog should be solid liver color, brown, or dark brown. The skull is moderately long and the ears are long and wide; the eyes can vary from yellowish brown to brown. In general this is a very robust, agile and very athletic dog.

Ideal owner:
This is a hunting dog that has a big desire to please, and a strong pack instinct and it is rarely used as a companion dog. However, if it is given the opportunity it can be a fantastic companion as long as it knows who the boss is. This dog has a good size body and is very robust. Although it is bigger than the cocker its character is completely different: this dog is a thinker and needs firm and fair treatment and direction. It becomes easily bored and always needs a job to do. Good dog trainers can get a lot of very outstanding results with this dog. If you are looking into getting one, make sure to get one that is extroverted as this is an indicator of a peaceful and productive life together. This dog is not very appropriate for children, and becomes very attached to its owners. It is very possessive and knows what its things are and will not hunt for strangers, only for its owners. Females are bigger barkers than the males.

Growth:
At around seven or eight weeks, an American water spaniel should weigh around three and a half to four and a half kilograms. It might take it awhile to grow physically and it can take up to twenty-four months, but in some lineages it takes one year. An adult male will weigh around fourteen and twenty two kilograms and the females around twelve and twenty kilograms. If you are getting one of these dogs pick one out that has a compact body with a thick wavy or curly coat. The head should be square and it muzzle should be somewhat long and its mouth should close correctly. Avoid picking out a puppy that has yellow eyes, straight coats, or that is shy or hyperactive. During adolescence this dog will physically change a little: its eyes may become darker, its body will gain substance, and its coat will become thicker. Adolescent males might try to test their owners and the females might become reserved; both are possessive tough. With an adequate socialization and training this phase should go by without any problems.

General health:
Breeders have informed of incidences of hypothyroidism, hip dysphasia, progressive retina atrophy and dwarfism. All breeders must make sure to check for hip dysphasia and ocular problems. Affections that must be consulted and talked about with the breeder or veterinarian are hypothyroidism, juvenile cataracts, diabetes and the incidence of rat-tails and yellow eyes. Breeders also inform of character problems. Make sure the one you choose has been well socialized and has been bred in a house not a breeding farm. This breed needs an abundant amount of exercise outside in the fresh air and swimming is a sport this dog loves. The owner can play games such as Frisbee and other similar games with his or her American water spaniel to satisfy its strong hunting instincts. Brushing its coat is fairly easy and very necessary since it does have a very thick coat that can become oily as well. The owner will need to frequently check its eyes, ears, skin and anal glands.

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