American water spaniel

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American water spaniel,

breed of medium-sized sporting dogsporting dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred for pointing, flushing, and retrieving game. These dogs hunt by air scent—as opposed to most hounds, which are ground scenters—and their quarry is primarily game birds.
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 developed in the American Midwest. It stands about 17 in. (43.2 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 30 and 40 lb (13.6–18.1 kg). Its dense and closely curled coat ranges in color from solid liver to dark chocolate. A sturdy, muscular dog, the American water spaniel is a versatile scent hunter, flushing, or springing, game birds rather than pointing them. It is a strong swimmer and retrieves both on land and water. It is also used for hunting rabbits and other small animals. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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Morrison has written an informative book about the breed titled American Water Spaniel, published in 2007 by Kennel Club Books, ISBN 1-59378-411-2.
A few AWS fanciers formed a national breed club, the American Water Spaniel Club in 1937.
Labrador and golden retrievers were sneered and snickered at by veteran waterfowlers who wouldn't employ anything but a Chesapeake Bay retriever, Irish water spaniel or American water spaniel.
Sportsmen owning American water spaniels maintain the little brown dogs with a curly coat and long tail stand strong afield, whether waterfowl or upland hunting.
The AKC opened spaniel tests to retrievers in recent years: Labs, goldens, flat-coats, curly-coats, American water spaniels and Irish water spaniels.
IN PART 1 OF THE AMERICAN DUCK DOGS series, we covered 1800 to 1920, the age of the hunters' breeds, when American waterfowlers developed breeds such as Chesapeakes, American water spaniels, Boykin spaniels and Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers--dogs that performed retrieving chores naturally with minimal training.
Whether you prefer Labs, goldens, Chessies, American water spaniels or whatever breed that'll come back with a bird in its mouth, having a retriever along for the hunt is almost a prerequisite from a conservation standpoint.

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