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American Water Spaniel Characteristics

The American Water Spaniel (AWS) is a unique hunting dog that is most common in the great lakes area of the United States. These dogs are commonly used to retrieve waterfowl from the shore or boat, but given enough exercise and mental stimulation, these dogs can also make fantastic household companions.
 

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Responsive

The AWS is a medium-size hunting dog and retriever, standing between 15-18 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 25-45 inches. 
 
Like most retrievers, these dogs are chock-full of energy and enthusiasm and need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and bad behavior within the household. This can be achieved in a number of ways, most commonly by going on runs or playing fetch in the yard. As long as his activity needs are met, he's a docile and loyal companion. Make sure to provide plenty of early obedience training and socialization to ensure a manageable AWS.  
 
The AWS is considered a low-shedding dog and is only found with a brown coat.
 
The AWS is a rare breed, and very few puppies are born each year. If you're interested in an AWS, do some research and find a reputable breeder who can help you figure out if these dogs are a good match for you. If you decide to purchase one, be prepared to spend several months or even a year on a waiting list before a puppy is available to you. Those who breed these dogs want to ensure they go to the right homes, and they spend a lot of time choosing the families who'll take great care of their puppies. 

How dog-friendly is Delaware?

Delaware is a great state to own a pet! Compared to all 50 states, Delaware tends to rank as a fairly average location for things like pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, and more. But great spots for dogs to roam and play, plus good animal welfare laws make Delaware a solid home for your pup.


Two different leading studies rank Delaware as 28th and 29th most pet-friendly state. 


An animal advocacy group called Pawsafe publishes a well-known study ranking the states by factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails. They ranked Delaware 28th but gave it good marks for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Another great study comes from the safety site Safewise. They ranked Delaware 29th with similar rankings across the various indicators. 


The consistency between these two studies places Delaware firmly in the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Delaware

BringFido lists Delaware as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 600 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site recommends Fenwick Island State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park as fantastic for dog-friendly activities.


Delaware does love dogs! Forty-two percent of Delaware residents own a dog, which is higher than the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do Delawareans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Delaware are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Beagles. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Delaware

Delaware saved 11,666 dogs and cats during 2020. No animals were reported killed over this same period. 

Amazingly, all of the animal shelters within Delaware are no-kill shelters.

 

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