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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 Vermont?

Vermont is one of the most pet-friendly states in the country! The state has strong animal welfare laws, excellent outdoor activities, and great access to pet services. 


We evaluated two separate studies comparing all 50 states by several of these factors. They surveyed animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, dog parks, hiking trails, and veterinarian services. 


The first study, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Vermont at a stellar 6th in the nation. The second, from Safewise, gave Vermont 7th. The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Vermont is clearly a great place for dog people!

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Vermont

BringFido lists Vermont as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Dog Mountain and the Gondola SkyRide as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.


Twenty-eight percent of Vermont residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%. 


What kinds of dogs do Vermonters love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Vermont are Labradors, Retrievers, and Beagles. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Chow Chows, and Collies. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Vermont

Vermont saved 5,049 dogs and cats during 2020. Fifty-three animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Twelve out of 13 of the animal shelters within Vermont are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is very high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 91%. This is above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state!

 
 

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