American Water Spaniel similar breeds

Quick breed overview

The American Water Spaniel was historically bred as an all-around hunting and water dog in the US, and its medium size and slender body enabled it to perform from boats but also on land. The breed is still utilized to flush and retrieve birds, but it also is an amiable family member. It gets its dense, curly coat from its predecessors like the Irish Water Spaniel and the Curly Coated Retriever.

Origin: Flag of United States Of AmericaUnited States Of America

InfoRating IconRating
Energy Level4/5
Exercise Need3/5
Affection Level3/5
Ease of Training3/5
Grooming Need3/5
Friendliness (Dogs)2/5
Friendliness (Other Pets)3/5
Friendliness (Strangers)2/5
Watchdog Ability4/5
Protection Ability3/5
Cold Tolerance3/5
Heat Tolerance3/5

American Water Spaniel - More information

Breed groups

  • FCI section: 8.3 Water Dogs

Other names & origin

  • Other names: American Brown Spaniel, American Brown Water Spaniel
  • Nicknames: AWS
  • Original name:

Size & lifespan

  • Weight (male): 25–40 lb (11–18 kg)
  • Weight (female): 25–40 lb (11–18 kg)
  • Height (male): 15–18 inches (38–46 cm)
  • Height (female): 15–18 inches (38–46 cm)
  • Life expectancy: 10–12