American Water Spaniel Puppies for Sale in New York, NY

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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 York?

New York is a hugely diverse state, with New York City providing a contrast to more rural and suburban communities upstate. With this diversity comes a real range of standards for puppy and dog care. 


A study by Pawsafe ranks New York as the 32nd most pet-friendly state in the country. According to Safewise, New York has the third-highest percentage of pet-friendly rentals, behind Florida and Washington. An estimated 44% of all rentals are pet-friendly. However, only 27% of New York residents own a dog. This is a solid amount below the 40% average among all U.S. households. 


Are cities in New York dog-friendly?

A study by WalletHub ranks the top 100 U.S. cities for how pet-friendly they are. The study looks at metrics like pet care provider costs, walkability, the number of pet-friendly apartments, veterinary care costs, and animal welfare laws.

Buffalo

Buffalo and New York City just make it on the list as the country’s 86th and 90th most pet-friendly cities.

The city of Buffalo also has a healthy amount of dog-friendly parks. According to the TPL, the city has the 58th most dog parks per capita with 0.8 parks per 100 residents. There are plenty of off-leash parks and features for your dog to enjoy. 

New York City pups

While it can be a challenge to raise a big dog in a little NYC apartment, the city does have some amazing perks for pet lovers.

Research from the Trust for Public Land (TPL) shows that New York City has the 27th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 1.7 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Many of these parks allow dogs to run off-leash between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. 


There are 28 off-leash dog runs in Manhattan alone. Many are separated into areas for small and large dogs and some have water features to keep your pet cool. You can use your early morning walks to find some new friends for you and your pup.

According to NYC Dog Data, the top dogs in the city are:

  • Shih Tzu

  • Chihuahua

  • Labrador Retriever

  • American Pit Bull


Of the various neighborhoods in New York City, Manhattan has the highest concentration of dogs, with an estimated 119,340 pups. After that, Brooklyn is the most populated district with over 88,742 doggos.


The city also has excellent services for dog walkers, pet care, vets, and more.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in New York

New York does a decent job when it comes to the treatment of animals at shelters. But there are some areas where the state can improve. Of the 80,855 dogs and cats that entered New York shelters in 2020, they only saved 85.6%. The “no-kill” state benchmark is a 90% save rate. We hope to see New York push for getting more pets in loving homes.

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