Morrison has written an informative book about the breed titled American Water Spaniel
, published in 2007 by Kennel Club Books, ISBN 1-59378-411-2.
A few AWS fanciers formed a national breed club, the American Water Spaniel
Club in 1937.
Labrador and golden retrievers were sneered and snickered at by veteran waterfowlers who wouldn't employ anything but a Chesapeake Bay retriever, Irish water spaniel or American water spaniel
I do not believe there was a dog that Dave did not like and we hunted behind not only our American water spaniels
and Gordon setter, but also all of Dave's dogs, from the more common Labs and setters to the more unusual pudelpointer and wachtelhund.
Sportsmen owning American water spaniels
maintain the little brown dogs with a curly coat and long tail stand strong afield, whether waterfowl or upland hunting.
The AKC opened spaniel tests to retrievers in recent years: Labs, goldens, flat-coats, curly-coats, American water spaniels
and Irish water spaniels.
IN PART 1 OF THE AMERICAN DUCK DOGS series, we covered 1800 to 1920, the age of the hunters' breeds, when American waterfowlers developed breeds such as Chesapeakes, American water spaniels
, Boykin spaniels and Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers--dogs that performed retrieving chores naturally with minimal training.