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An American original, this competent retriever also doubles as a flushing spaniel. Like many of the spaniel
breeds, it hunts both feather and fur (and even fish) with equal enthusiasm. This dog is very soft-mouthed
but can be trained to play tug-of-war.
Friendly, intelligent, and often willing to please, this dog is also very protective of its owner. It will become
highly attached to the alpha of the house and will think of children as kennel mates until they grow up.
Unspayed females will have a mind of their own when in heat (even when very well trained). In old age the
dog may become temperamental.
The AWS has a mind of its own at times and reaches peak performance with the owner who is dedicated to
teaching the dog just what is expected of it. The breed takes well to training, and especially excels at training
that offers some variety rather than rote training drills. Harsh training techniques do not work for the majority
of AWS. In fact, such techniques often cause a dog to become shy or even bite out of fear. This is a breed
for the trainer that is consistent and fair when dealing with the dog.
American Water Spaniels do not have to hunt to be happy. They make fine companion animals and, because
of their size, they fit well in cramped quarters. However, the breed does need exercise and training to mature
into a loving friend that some people look for. To avoid possessiveness, excessive barking, and a willingness
to take over the household, novice owners should attend a local obedience class and set aside daily play
time for their companion
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