American Water Spaniel Puppies for Sale in Pennsylvania, PA

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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 Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania loves dogs! This state consistently ranks among the best in the country for pet-friendliness across things like animal cretly laws, pet-friendly accommodations, number of of dog parks, and more. However, Pennsylvania could do better with more no-kill shelters.


The state boasts 545 pet-friendly accommodations and 198 campgrounds. There are also over 200 boarding and daycare facilities, as well as 200 veterinarians ready to help as needed.


A study by pet safety site Pawsafe ranked Pennsylvania the 15th most pet-friendly state in the country. They also ranked the state 10th for dog-friendly trails. Of the 2,403 trails in the state, 65% are dog-friendly.


Safewise conducted a similar study in which they ranked Pennsylvania 3rd. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws, protecting against things lie abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.

Does Pennsylvania have pet-friendly cities?

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

Pittsburgh

In their study, Pittsburgh ranked 11th, which is quite good. Specifically, the city was 20th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 22nd for pet budget, and 46th for pet health and wellness.


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows Pittsburgh to have the 15th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 2.3 parks per 100,000 residents.


SmartAsset has a similar study ranking the country’s biggest cities. In it, Pittsburgh ranks 15th for pet-friendliness. The study found the city to have 134 dog-friendly restaurants and two dog-friendly shopping centers.

Philadelphia

On the other hand, Philadelphia only ranked 77th for pet-friendliness. The city scored well for outdoor activities but ranked lower for budget and health care.


Philadelphia is also on the lower end of parks per capita. The city only holds 0.4 dog parks per 100,000 residents.

A few more pet statistics for Pennsylvania

Thirty-nine percent of Pennsylvania residents own a dog. This is just below the national average of 40%. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Pennsylvania are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers. The official state dog is the Great Dane!

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Pennsylvania

Unfortunately, Pennsylvania performs poorly when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 68,776 dogs and cats during 2020. This is 1,652 more animals than in 2019, but approximately 6,940 were killed the past year. Out of 95 animal shelters, 35 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 82%. This is on the lower end. Pennsylvania has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state.


We hope to see improvement in the coming years!

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