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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 Iowa?

Iowa is a dog-friendly travel destination and has a lot of dog-lovers. But a few issues cause the state to rank rather poorly for dog-friendliness, particularly its lax animal welfare laws. 


We investigated two big studies ranking all 50 states by important pet-friendliness factors. The studies looked at things like pet-friendly accommodations, pet care and services, the number of dog parks or outdoor space, and animal welfare laws. 


The first study, by animal safety group Pawsafe, ranked Iowa as the 41st most pet-friendly state. The second study, by consumer safety group Safewise, ranked it as the 43rd most pet-friendly state in the country. The state scored poorly for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Combining these two studies together shows Iowa towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Iowa

It’s not all bad news for dog-lovers in Iowa! BringFido lists Iowa as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 900 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Racoon River and Lake Red Rock as top dog-friendly activities.


Thirty-six percent of Iowa residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not by much!


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


Animal welfare & dog shelters in Iowa

Iowa saved 33,222 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 2,350 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Thirty out of 61 of the animal shelters within Iowa are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an average save rate of 85%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but getting closer!

 

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