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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 Kansas?

Kansas is a great state for dog lovers. The “sunflower state” compares well to other states for things like animal welfare regulations, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


We looked at two important studies ranking each of the states by these pet-friendly factors. The first study was conducted by Pawsafe, an animal advocacy group. In their study, Kansas is ranked as the 11th most pet-friendly state. The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


The other study was conducted by Safewise, a consumer review site for safety across the country. In their study, Kansas is ranked as the 12th most pet-friendly state in the country!  


Combining these two studies places Kansas towards the front of the pack of pet-friendly states.

Are cities in Kansas pet-friendly?

The cities individually didn’t score quite as well. Financial advisor site Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how Kandas’ largest city ranked.

Wichita

Wichita was ranked 76th overall, which could be better. Wallethub scored the city 20th in pet budget, 82nd in pet health and wellness, and 98th in outdoor pet-friendliness.


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Wichita scored in the 66th position, with 0.7 parks per 100,000 people.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Kansas

BringFido lists Kansas as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 700 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee and Iliff Commons in Topeka as top dog-friendly attractions.


Forty-three percent of Kansas residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


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

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Kansas

Kansas saved 49,147 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,971 animals were reported killed over this same period. 

Forty-two out of 98 of the animal shelters within Kansas are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an above-average save rate of 87%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but is close!

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