American Water Spaniel Bouvier des Flandres Mix

The American Water Spaniel Bouvier des Flandres Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the American Water Spaniel and the Bouvier des Flandres. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The American Water Spaniel sometimes known as the American Brown Spaniel or AWS is known for being friendly, energetic, and intelligent. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the American Water Spaniel or the Bouvier des Flandres? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful American Water Spaniel Bouvier des Flandres Mix.

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American Water Spaniel Bouvier des Flandres Mix History

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.

American Water Spaniel History

The American Water Spaniel was bred and created in the Fox and Wolf River valleys of Wisconsin throughout the middle of the 19th century. The American Water Spaniel ancestors consist of the Irish Water Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, Field Spaniel, and the now-extinct Old English Water Spaniel.
The American Water Spaniel was bred to be a dynamic hunting dog. Their coat, which is dense and curly works to protect them from cold water as well as rough plants in the woods, they are natural swimmers. Being that they aren’t that big, their size makes it easy travel with.
As larger retriever breeds became more popular than the AWS, this gal started to fall out of favor. Doctor F. J. Pfeifer of New London, Wisconsin, is given the credit of saving them from not being around anymore. He created their standard and bred and sold them. They were recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1920 and the American Kennel Club in 1940. A dog by the name of "Curly Pfeifer," was the first registered dog.

Bouvier des Flandres History

This shaggy dog was first bred by a group of monks in Flanders, which today is the Dutch-speaking upper region of Belgium. The monks bred a formidable farm dog who possibly has her roots in the Irish Wolfhound, the Scottish Deerhound, and a host of working farm dogs found in Flanders. The result down through the centuries has been the Bouvier des Flanders, a large, tireless, rough-coated breed able to deftly perform nearly any task on a farm: cattle droving, sheep herding, cart pulling, and guarding the family. They are also well suited to police work. The Bouvier des Flandres is a herding dog that needs defined responsibilities and vigorous exercise to be happy. That’s good, because Flanders boasts a fertile agriculture where there’s always something for a dog to do.

Initially both Belgium and France claimed the breed as their own; Belgium somehow won out. Belgian merchants and farmers prized the breed for his ability to drive cattle over long distances. In fact, the French word bouvier means “bovine herder.” The first two show Bouviers appeared at an international event in 1910; a breed standard was established in 1912. That standard was revised over the years, and the breed’s popularity grew. World War II was hard on the breed, with many working as messengers, pack dogs and ambulance dogs; it was fortunate that a few breeders kept their dogs at home, or the breed might have faced extinction. A Bouvier belonging to a Belgian army veterinarian was shown in 1920, was deemed an ideal example of the breed, and along with his descendents became the prime breeding stock for Bouviers.

The AKC first recognized the Bouvier des Flandres in 1929; however, by that time, the breed was still close to extinction. A few Americans brought Bouviers back when they returned, having acquired the Europeans’ knowledge of the breed.

Bouviers did much better in the 1950s and 1960s; it is hypothesized that the First Lady’s maiden name, Jacqueline Bouvier, might have enhanced the breed’s cachet, even though the Kennedy family did not own one. Years later, a Bouvier named Lucky would become a companion to President Ronald Reagan.

American Water Spaniel Bouvier des Flandres Mix Size and Weight

American Water Spaniel
Height: 15 - 18 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 25 - 45 lb.
Lifespan: 13 - 15 years

Bouvier des Flandres
Height: 23 - 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 80 - 200 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years

American Water Spaniel Bouvier des Flandres Mix Personality

The American Water Spaniel and the Bouvier des Flandres are known for being courageous and protective. They are also very loving dogs. The AWS is known for being obedient and trainable. It can also be protective at times.This dog will require a very strong and firm owner who makes sure to assert that they are the alpha and not the dog. They are cautious, yet non-threatening with strangers, and are affectionate towards family and children. Early socialization helps take care of any bad habits that could develop. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”

American Water Spaniel Bouvier des Flandres Mix Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

The American Water Spaniel mixed with the Bouvier des Flandres might be prone to joint dysplasia, eye disorders, cardiac abnormalities, degenerative myelopathy, among others.

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.

American Water Spaniel Bouvier des Flandres Mix Care

What are the grooming requirements?

Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.

What are the exercise requirements?

Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.

What are the training requirements?

This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.

American Water Spaniel Bouvier des Flandres Mix Feeding

"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."

American Water Spaniel Links

Great Lakes AWSC

American Water Spaniel Club


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