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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 New Hampshire?

Different studies rank New Hampshire quite differently. Depending on what part of the state you live in, you may have different levels of access to pet services, accommodations, etc. 


In a study by Pawsafe, New Hampshire ranked incredibly well as the 5th most pet-friendly state. They scored New Hampshire particularly well for their animal welfare laws, like harsh penalties for abuse and neglect, and high pet care standards. 


Another study by the animal safety site Safewise didn’t give such shining reviews, though. In their study, New Hampshire ranks as the 40th most pet-friendly state. 


Though the two studies produced wildly different results, if we combine the two scores New Hampshire ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states. Not the best, but not the worst!

A few more facts for dog-lovers in New Hampshire

BringFido lists New Hampshire as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1300 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln and Bass Beach in Rye as popular dog-friendly attractions.


Twenty-four percent of New Hampshire residents own a dog, which is pretty far below the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in New Hampshire are Labradors, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Huskies, and Chihuahuas. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in New Hampshire

New Hampshire saved 7,940 dogs and cats during 2020 and all of the animal shelters within New Hampshire are no-kill shelters! The percentage of no-kill shelters is perfect, making New Hampshire a no-kill state.

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