The American Water Spaniel (AWS) enjoy being the centre of attention, and can be quite vocal at times. It is a one family dog, and will often bond with one particular individual. For many years the breed was “pack bred”, where they were allowed to live in a group. Since these times, breeders have been working to breed even tempered dogs that are suitable for both hunting and family life.  The AWS has a mind of its own at times and reaches peak performance with the owner who is dedicated to teaching the dog just what is expected of it. The breed takes well to training, and especially excels at training that offers some variety rather than routine training drills. However, members of the breed can may have issues with food possessiveness. They can be stubborn, and mentally are slow to mature from a puppy.  Some lines of the breed still retain dominant and aggressive temperaments; other than these lines, the AWS gets on well with children and enjoys playing with them. Even though they were originally bred to hunt, due to their size, they are suitable for apartment living as long as they receive enough exercise.

When looking for a puppy to purchase it is highly recommended to contact any of the Breed Clubs we have listed for this breed since it is they who should be able to put you in touch with members who have bred litters according to their Club’s Code of Ethics.

BUYER BEWARE;  Some breeders listed here may not be members of an American Water Spaniel Breed Club, there may be good reasons for this, but ask the question before you enter into any transaction.


Puponmäki; Kennel Afire’s; Tiina Närhi-Jääskeläinen; +GSM 040-5682164;


CO, Bennett; Aspen Springs Kennel; Frank and Debra Parker; +303-644-3508;
ME, Lisbon; PJ Ranch; John Enman; +207-353-4137;
MI, Howell; Little Brownies; Paul & Lynn Morrison; +517.552.1663;
MN, 2600 Grand St. N.E.; Kraskey’s Grand; Carolyn Kraskey; +612-789-8077;
NC, Candler; Mann’Rs AWS Kennels; Sharon and Joseph Mann; +828-665-4074;
OR, Beavercreek; Beavercreek; Lola Thorsness; +503-632-1564;
SC, Sumter; Carolina American Water Spaniels; David and Lois McCracken; +803-983-0567;
WI, Sparta; Waterway’s A.W.S.; Jon and Linda Hattrem; +608-272-3908;