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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For more information on the American water spaniel, go to the website of the American Water Spaniel Club (AWSC) at www.
Experts generally agree that Wisconsin market hunters developed the American water spaniel in the middle of the 19th century.
Regarding the AWS article, we do need to point out that the 1945 date given for the breed's recognition by the American Kennel Club was incorrect; the American water spaniel was actually recognized by the AKC in 1940.
Developed by 19th-century market hunters in the Upper Midwest, the American water spaniel has always been a dual-purpose dog, equally talented for waterfowl and upland game-bird hunting.
Q (Question): My 13-month-old American water spaniel lives outdoors, and by the end of last winter--the most severe Virginia has seen in years--she had an incredibly thick coat of about three inches.
This means that in the sporting breed spaniel "subgroup," only the American water spaniel and the field spaniel were fewer in number.
Five-and-a-half-week-old American water spaniel Kenai retrieves his first pheasant wing.

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