The American Water Spaniel was officially recognized by the AKC in 1940. The AKC describes this breed as happy, eager, and charming; aloof with strangers, and a little stubborn. It was the 154th most popular breed in 2015.


Unfortunately, some may face a health challenge in their lifetime with hip dysplasia, eye disorders, cardiac abnormalities and degenerative myelopathy. As with all breeds, a majority of dogs in this breed will live long and healthy lives when given proper care and regular veterinarian visits.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own an American Water Spaniel can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.

  • Eager, Happy, Charming
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 166 of 193
  • Height: 15-18 inches
  • Weight: 30-45 pounds (male), 25-40 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
  • Group: Sporting Group

The American Water Spaniel Club, Inc.

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