American Water Spaniel

Although he is Wisconsin’s official state dog, the American Water Spaniel is a rare breed composed of only about 3000. Developed in Wisconsin in the mid 19th century, this dog was bred to hunt waterfowl around the Great Lakes.

The American Water Spaniel makes an excellent hunting dog in the field, especially as a waterfowl retriever and upland flusher. Like most spaniels, he is energetic, obedient and loves to play and train. He can even be content living in the close quarters of an apartment or urban residence if given enough time to burn off energy. Friendly and intelligent, this dog makes a great pet.

At 15 to 18 inches in height and weighing between 25 and 45 pounds this is a medium sized dog.

Photo Courtesy of Winnie the American Water Spaniel.
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