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Who We Are

The American Water Spaniel Field Association is a group dedicated to working with and improving upon the field instincts of the American Water Spaniel, a breed we believe to be one of the world's most versatile hunting spaniels. In keeping with that belief, we have helped in the fight to allow AWS to fully participate hunt test venues offered by the American Kennel Club.

The Association is an open society encouraging participation in a multitude of dog events that are available to the AWS. Our members take part in dog shows, obedience trials, retriever tests, agility trials, therapy work, and much more. While it is our goal to do all possible to assist AWS owners with the field training of their dogs we also encourage owners of other spaniels to join us. As a result we have members with breeds like English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, and Curly Coated Retrievers. These owners have come to value the camaraderie and information that we share with one another.

In focusing on all aspects of the breed there are many objectives that the founding members set for the Association. Following is a brief list of those found in the organization's constitution.
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To encourage and promote quality in the breeding of pure-bred American Water Spaniels and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.

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To recognize the American Water Spaniel as a flushing spaniel the American Kennel Club (AKC) and to encourage the participation of the AWS AKC Spaniel Hunt Tests.

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To do all possible to protect and advance the interests of the breed.

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To help other American Water Spaniel and flushing breed enthusiasts develop a special relationship with their canine companion both in the field and beyond.

The AWSFA strongly believes in the concept of the total dog and urges its members to consider function, structure, health, and temperament when carrying for their companion. 

Function is where much of the Association's efforts are directed. It is at our numerous training days where the Association offers members and non-members the chance to learn more about field training. These events are held monthly from early spring through late summer with emphasis on "training the trainer" to successfully in training his or her dog. The Association believes it takes birds to make a bird dog and has provided over 600 birds a year to help make these fine spaniels into solid bird dogs.

The Association knows that for a field dog to reach its full potential it must be of sound temperament and health. Information on health, temperament, and potential genetic connections to these areas are often found in the pages of The Journal - the Association's newsletter - and discussed at many of the group's events.

Structure is the final piece that completes the picture of the total dog and this piece is as critical as all the others. The AWSFA supports its members who participate in conformation events and who work to maintain sound structure in the American Water Spaniel.

The AWSFA formed in 1993 and through the cooperation and efforts of its members has grown into a solid and sound field organization. 

If you are interested in joining the AWSFA you may print a copy of the membership application by following this link. Membership Application

We encourage you to review our Constitution and Bylaws prior to applying for membership in the AWSFA. To see a copy of the Constitution and Bylaws, just follow this link. AWSFA Constitution and Bylaws

What We Do

Principally the Association provides information sharing regarding our breed of choice, the American Water Spaniel. Perhaps our greatest tool for such sharing is our quarterly newsletter, The Journal." Through this venue we pass along information and articles about hunting, field training, obedience, canine health, dog shows, and other activities - we even throw in a few plain old stories like Grandpa used to tell around the camp stove just to warm the heart and add a little spice to your reading.

Another resource for our members is the field training we provide each year. From February or March  through September the Association holds field-training days incorporating a "train the trainer" approach. Through the guidance of many talented individuals, including professional trainers and AKC Hunt Test judges, these sessions provide something for everyone from novice to experienced dog handler. In keeping with the true nature of a spaniel, and especially that of the AWS, we do our best to provide training for both upland and waterfowl work. These training days can be found around the Great Lakes area in states like Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin.

What We Offer

In many ways the Association is a family offering camaraderie and support to spaniel enthusiasts. Its members have access to a wealth of knowledge that will help them build and maintain a lasting relationship with their canine companion, as well as, to network with others of like interest with who they can share experiences that are, at the same time, unique and common. So, whether you are a novice or a professional, a hunter or a companion dog owner, the Association has something for you.

How to Reach Us

Need more information?

Contact our Secretary by e-mail or by writing to the address listed below.

AWSFA *  c/o Ron MacDonald *1909 Main Street, Stevens Point Wisconsin 54481

 

American Water Spaniel Field Association, Inc.

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