The American Water Spaniel is a very hardy dog that is intelligent and muscular. Coat colors include liver or chocolate, sometimes with a small white spot on the chest. The eye color should correspond with the coat color in shades of brown or hazel. The skull is broad with a moderate stop. The ears are long and covered with curls and the medium length muzzle is square and smooth. The nose is either dark brown or black.
The American Water Spaniel has common spaniel characteristics sich as being friendly, intelligent and often willing to please. It is eager to learn and enthusiastic about its work. This breed makes a great guard dog and companion. It is often used for hunting quail, duck, pheasant, grouse and rabbit.