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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 Maine?

The short answer is: Extremely dog-friendly! Maine consistently ranks in the top 10 for dog-friendly states, across several different studies. The top two studies come from ranking sites Pawsafe and Safewise.


Pawsafe’s study ranks all 50 states according to their overall safety and friendliness for pets. They rank the states according to factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


In Pawsafe study, Maine ranks as the 2nd most pet-friendly state! The state also scored well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Safewise ran a similar study that ranks Maine as the 10th most pet-friendly state. Averaging these two studies together puts Maine close to the very front of the pack of pet-friendly states.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Maine

BringFido lists Maine as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 2800 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Acadia National Park and Willard Beach as popular dog-friendly attractions.


Thirty-six percent of Maine residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Maine are Labradors, Beagles, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Collies, Boxers, and Chihuahuas. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Maine

Maine saved 16,389 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 199 animals were killed over this same period. 


Twenty-six out of 30 of the animal shelters within Maine are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 92%. This is above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Great work, Maine!

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