American Water Spaniel Breed Maintenance
The curly coat of an American Water Spaniel requires weekly grooming to prevent matting and to help condition the breed's coat and skin with natural oils. You can use a slick brush to remove the undercoat and a rubber-tipped pin brush to groom the summer coat. The American Water Spaniel has long ears that may trap moisture, becoming a possible breeding environment for bacteria. You should consult with your veterinarian or grooming specialist on the best methods for cleaning your American Water Spaniel’s ears to prevent possible infections. The natural oils of your American Water Spaniel may produce a “doggy odor” but be mindful of bathing. Frequent bathing and shampooing can strip the oil and lead to irritated, uncomfortable skin. The best care you can give to combat the dog odor is weekly grooming to help distribute oil and remove dead hair and skin. The American Water Spaniel is a sporting dog and requires a lot of physical activity. She loves to jump in the water and swim as well as run, so apartment and urban living are not well-suited for this breed though they may adapt well enough in an apartment if she gets plenty of exercise outside.