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Amerikansk Vannspaniel

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Amerikansk Vannspaniel:
Anerkjent av FCI
FCI nummer: 301
Gruppe 8: Apporterende hunder
Seksjon 3: Vannhunder
Anerkjent av AKC
Naturally active and alert, Sporting dogs make likeable, well-rounded companions. Members of the Group include pointers, retrievers, setters and spaniels. Remarkable for their instincts in water and woods, many of these breeds actively continue to participate in hunting and other field activities. Potential owners of Sporting dogs need to realize that most require regular, invigorating exercise.
ANDRE NAVN: American Water Spaniel
VEKT: Hann: 13-20 kg
Tispe: 11-18 kg
HØYDE: Hann: 38-46 cm
Tispe: 38-46 cm
FARGE(R): Sort, mørk sjokoladebrun,leverbrun
PELSLENGDE: Middels lang
PELS: Tykk, fast og krøllet

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Amerikansk Vannspaniel
[...vannhunder er en gruppe apporterende fuglehunder det kan være vanskelig å si noe sikkert om opphavet til, fordi de også regnes som støtende fuglehunde...]

American Water Spaniel
Om American Water Spaniel:

Although a very rare breed, the American Water Spaniel has its own state-wide fan club as the State Dog of Wisconsin! A truly dual-purpose dog, bred for companionship and top-notch retrieval ability, the AWS is active, muscular and medium in size. This breed’s unique coat can be solid liver, brown or dark chocolate and ranges from marcel (uniform waves) to closely curled.

A Look Back
The American Water Spaniel developed primarily in the Great Lakes region of the United States in the mid 1800’s, with ancestors that include the Irish Water Spaniel and Curly-Coated Retriever. They were the first breed developed in this country as an all-around hunter that could retrieve from boats. Breed enthusiasts kept the AWS out of the show ring for a short time in fear of ruining his reputation as a hunter, but the breed became recognized by the AKC in 1940.

Right Breed for You?
An excellent sporting and family dog, the American Water Spaniel possesses great energy and eagerness for the hunt yet is controllable in the field. Similarly, he loves his daily exercise, but also enjoys just hanging out with his family. Friendly and eager to please, the AWS responds well to obedience training. His short coat requires regular brushing.

  • Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1940.
  • Ranging in size from 15 to 18 inches tall at the shoulder and 25 to 45 pounds.
  • Gundog; retriever.



General Appearance
The American Water Spaniel was developed in the United States as an all-around hunting dog, bred to retrieve from skiff or canoes and work ground with relative ease. The American Water Spaniel is an active muscular dog, medium in size with a marcel to curly coat. Emphasis is placed on proper size and a symmetrical relationship of parts, texture of coat and color.

Size, Proportion, Substance
15 to 18 inches for either sex. Males weighing 30-45 lbs. Females weighing 25-40 lbs. Females tend to be slightly smaller than the males. There is no preference for size within the given range of either sex providing correct proportion, good substance and balance is maintained. Proportion--is slightly longer than tall, not too square or compact. However, exact proportion is not as important as the dog being well-balanced and sound, capable of performing the breed's intended function. Substance --a solidly built and well-muscled dog full of strength and quality. The breed has as much substance and bone as necessary to carry the muscular structure but not so much as to appear clumsy.

The head must be in proportion to the overall dog. Moderate in length. Expression is alert, self-confident, attractive and intelligent. Medium size eyes set well apart, while slightly rounded, should not appear protruding or bulging. Lids tight, not drooping. Eye color can range from a light yellowish brown to brown, hazel or of dark tone to harmonize with coat. Disqualify yellow eyes. Yellow eyes are a bright color like that of lemon, not to be confused with the light yellowish brown. Ears set slightly above the eye line but not too high on the head, lobular, long and wide with leather extending to nose.
Skull rather broad and full, stop moderately defined, but not too pronounced. Muzzle moderate in length, square with good depth. No inclination to snipiness, The lips are clean and tight without excess skin or flews. Nose dark in color, black or dark brown. The nose sufficiently wide and with well-developed nostrils to insure good scenting power. Bite either scissor or level.

Neck, Topline, Body
Neck round and of medium length, strong and muscular, free of throatiness, set to carry head with dignity, but arch not accentuated. Topline level or slight, straight slope from withers. Body well-developed, sturdily constructed but not too compactly coupled. Well-developed brisket extending to elbow neither too broad nor too narrow. The ribs well-sprung, but not so well-sprung that they interfere with the movement of the front assembly. The loins strong, but not having a tucked-up look. Tail is moderate in length, curved in a rocker fashion, can be carried either slightly below or above the level of the back. The tail is tapered, lively and covered with hair with moderate feathering.

Shoulders sloping, clean and muscular. Legs medium in length, straight and well-boned but not so short as to handicap for field work or so heavy as to appear clumsy. Pasterns strong with no suggestion of weakness. Toes closely grouped, webbed and well-padded. Size of feet to harmonize with size of dog. Front dewclaws are permissible.

Well-developed hips and thighs with the whole rear assembly showing strength and drive. The hock joint slightly rounded, should not be small and sharp in contour, moderately angulated. Legs from hock joint to foot pad moderate in length, strong and straight with good bone structure. Hocks parallel.

Coat can range from marcel (uniform waves) to closely curled. The amount of waves or curls can vary from one area to another on the dog. It is important to have undercoat to provide sufficient density to be of protection against weather, water or punishing cover, yet not too coarse or too soft. The throat, neck and rear of the dog well-covered with hair. The ear well-covered with hair on both sides with ear canal evident upon inspection. Forehead covered with short smooth hair and without topknot. Tail covered with hair to tip with moderate feathering. Legs have moderate feathering with waves or curls to harmonize with coat of dog. Coat may be trimmed to present a wellgroomed appearance; the ears may be shaved; but neither is required.

Color either solid liver, brown or dark chocolate. A little white on toes and chest permissible.

The American Water Spaniel moves with well-balanced reach and drive. Watching a dog move toward one, there should be no signs of elbows being out. Upon viewing the dog from the rear, one should get the impression that the hind legs, which should be well-muscled and not cowhocked, move as nearly parallel as possible, with hocks doing their full share of work and flexing well, thus giving the appearance of power and strength.

Demeanor indicates intelligence, eagerness to please and friendly. Great energy and eagerness for the hunt yet controllable in the field.

Yellow eyes.

Approved March 13, 1990
Effective May 1, 1990


The origin of the American Water Spaniel is something of a mystery; nevertheless, the virtues of the breed have long been appreciated by sportsmen in many parts of the US. The present-day specimen evolved principally in the Midwest, and color, coat, and conformation combine to show evidence of a heritage made up of Irish Water Spaniel and Curly-Coated Retriever. Prior to recognition by the AKC in 1940, the American Water Spaniel was purely a working gun dog, never making his way into the show ring for fear that it would ruin his reputation as a hunter. However, the merits of a show career soon encroached upon the breed and its place in the AKC has been secure ever since.

Farger og egenheter:

Description Type Code
Brown S 061
Chocolate S 071
Liver S 123


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  • The American Water Spaniel was the first breed developed in the United States as an all-around hunter that could retrieve from boats.
  • The American Water Spaniel was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1940.
  • Before its recognition by the AKC, the American Water Spaniel had never been introduced to the show ring because its admirers feared such recognition might damage the breed's hunting prowess.
  • The American Water Spaniel is believed to have developed from the Irish Water Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, and the old English Water Spaniel.
  • The American Water Spaniel is an efficient watchdog that fits agreeably into the family circle in addition to being an excellent sporting dog.
  • Prior to recognition by the AKC, the American Water Spaniel had been purely a working gun dog.