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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 Nebraska?

While some studies are inconsistent, Nebraska generally ranks very well for pet-friendliness. It’s a great place to own a dog and has some great laws protecting animals. 


We use two primary studies to track a state’s friendliness for pets. One ranks Nebraska in the top ten, and the other in the top 25. 


The first study comes from an animal advocacy group, Pawsafe. They ranked Nebraska 9th compared to all 50 states, according to factors like pet services, pet-friendly accommodations, and more. The state also scored well in its report for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


The second study comes from the safety review site Safewise. They ranked Nebraska as the 23rd most pet-friendly state in the country. Still in the top half, but not quite top ten.


However, if we combine the two studies, Nebraska still ranks at the front of the list!

Are cities in Nebraska pet-friendly?

To track the best cities, the review site Wallethub ranked the top 100 biggest cities in the U.S. for pet-friendly factors. Here’s how Nebraska stacked up. 

Omaha

Omaha is Nebraska’s largest city, with a population of nearly half a million. Wallethub ranked Omaha as 24th of the largest 100 cities. Pretty great! 


A couple of the most popular dog-friendly destinations in Omaha are the Big Papio Trail and the Keystone Trail.

Lincoln

The city survey ranked Lincoln as 21st overall, coming in 4th for pet budget, 67th for pet health and wellness, and 69th for outdoor pet-friendliness. Lincoln also made it onto a list from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) that puts together the best cities for dog parks. Lincoln ranked 34th out of the top 100 cities, with 1.4 dog parks per 100,000 people.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Nebraska

BringFido lists Nebraska as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 500 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels.  


Nebraska also loves dogs! Forty-seven percent of Nebraska residents own a dog, which is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


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

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Nebraska

Nebraska saved 24,545 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 2,378 animals were killed over this same period. 


Fourteen out of 52 of the animal shelters within Nebraska are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is low, and the state has an average save rate of 82%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state. Just a little bit of improvement will help push Nebraska into the right zone.

 

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