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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 South Carolina?

South Carolina is a great place to own a dog! If you’re looking to adopt a fuzzy companion in South Carolina, you should be excited about all the amazing trails and outdoor adventures available to you and your pup. 


Pawsafe, a trusted animal safety evaluator, conducted a study to rank each state according to its pet-friendliness. They ranked South Carolina as the 8th most pet-friendly state in the country! 


The state has a high concentration of dog-friendly trails. Three hundred ninety-three of the state’s 608 trails are dog-friendly (66.6%), which puts South Carolina at 11th overall. The study ranked South Carolina 4th in terms of pet-friendly restaurants. Three hundred sixty-six of the state’s 8,466 restaurants will welcome your dog. 


Pawsafe also ranked South Carolina 5th for animal cruelty laws. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.

A few more facts for dog lovers in South Carolina

Forty-five percent of South Carolina residents own a dog. This is one of the highest ownership rates in the country and well above the 40% national average. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in South Carolina are Labradors, German Shepherds, and Beagles. The most popular dog breeds in Charleston are English Bulldogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Labradoodles, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The state dog of South Carolina is the Boykin spaniel. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in South Carolina

South Carolina saved 83,447 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 8,005 animals were killed over this same period. Out of 60 animal shelters, only 27 are no-kill shelters. The overall save rate for the state is 83%. The state has some work to get to the 90% benchmark needed to be a no-kill state. We hope to see South Carolina improve on this number in the coming years!

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