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 CKC Breed Standards
American Water Spaniel



General Appearance
Medium in size, of sturdy typical Spaniel character, curly coat; an active muscular dog, with emphasis placed on proper size and conformation, correct head properties, texture of coat and colour.

Temperament
Of amicable disposition; demeanor indicates intelligence, strength, and endurance.

Size
Height: 15-18 inches (38-46 cm) at the shoulder.
Weight: Males, 28-45 lb. (13-20 kg); Females, 25-40 lb. (11-18 kg).

Coat and Colour
The coat should be closely curled or have marcel effect and should be of sufficient density to be of protection against weather, water, or punishing cover, yet not coarse. Legs should have medium-short, curly feather. Colour solid liver or dark chocolate, a little white on toes or chest permissible.

Head
Moderate in length, skull rather broad and full, stop moderately defined, but not too pronounced. Forehead covered with short smooth hair and without tuft or topknot. Muzzle of medium length, square and with no inclination to snipiness. Jaws strong and of good length, and neither undershot nor overshot. Teeth straight and well shaped. Nose sufficiently wide and with well-developed nostrils to ensure good scenting power. Eyes hazel, brown or of dark tone to harmonize with coat; set well apart. Expression alert, attractive, intelligent. Ears lobular, long and wide, not set too high on head, but slightly above the eyeline. Leather extending to end of nose and well covered with close curls.

Neck
Round and of medium length, strong and muscular, free of throatiness, set to carry head with dignity, but arch not accentuated.

Forequarters
Shoulders sloping, clean, and muscular. Legs of medium length and well boned, but not so short as to handicap for field work. Forelegs powerful and reasonably straight.

Body
Well developed, sturdily constructed but not too compactly coupled. General outline is a symmetrical relationship of parts. Well-sprung ribs. Strong loins, lightly arched; and well-furnished deep brisket but not excessively broad.

Hindquarters
Hind legs firm with suitably bent stifles and strong hocks well let down. Feet to harmonize with size of dog. Toes closely grouped and well padded.

Tail
Moderate in length, curved in a slightly rocker shape, carried slightly below level of back; tapered and covered with hair to tip, action lively.

Faults
Coat too straight, soft, fine, or tightly kinked. Very flat skull, narrow across the top, long slender or snipey muzzle. Cow-hocks. Rat or shaved tail.

Disqualification
Yellow eyes.



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