American Water Spaniel Puppies for Sale in North Carolina, NC

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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.
 

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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 North Carolina?

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in North Carolina are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Beagles.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in North Carolina 

North Carolina has some room to grow in terms of animal welfare. The state saved 142,235 dogs and cats during 2020. However, approximately 27,031 animals were killed in the past year. Out of 132 animal shelters, only 41 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is 76%, one of the lowest in the country. We hope to see North Carolina improve this in the coming years!

North Carolina is a wonderful state for dogs and their owers – especially if you enjoy taking your four-legged friend on hikes and adventures. 


Pawsafe, a trusted pet safety review site, evaluated all 50 states according to several key factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.


In the study, they ranked North Carolina as the 38th most pet-friendly state. The state has a high concentration of dog-friendly trails, too. Of the state’s 2,202 trails, 1,464 of the trails are dog-friendly (66.5%). This ranks 8th in the country!


Safewise conducted a similar study in which North Carolina was ranked as the 22nd most pet-friendly state. Solid scores across the board.

Are cities in North Carolina dog-friendly?

Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few in North Caroline stacked up.

Raleigh

Raleigh ranked as the 29th most pet-friendly city in the country. However, it ranked 60th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 21st for pet budget, and 35th for pet health and wellness.

Winston Salem

Winston Salem ranked as the 37th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 84th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 3rd for pet budget, and 88th for pet health and wellness. 

Greensboro, Durham, and Charlotte

Greensboro was ranked 54th, Durham was ranked 84th, and Charlotte was ranked 94th. 


The most popular dog breeds in Charlotte are Boxers, Miniature Schnauzer, Jack Russell Terriers, American Pit Bulls, Terriers, and Beagles.

How about city dog parks?

A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. In the study, Durham is ranked 31st with 1.5 parks per 100,000 residents. Raleigh came in a little lower on the list at 45th, with 1.1 dog parks. Greensboro and Winston Salem have 1 and 0.8 parks, respectively.

A few more facts for dog lovers in North Carolina

Forty-one percent of North Carolina residents own a dog. This puts the state above the 40% national average.

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