Hunters and sportsmen prize the American Water Spaniel for his excellent retrieving ability on land and especially in water. But even if you don't hunt, the breed's upbeat personality, eagerness to please and athleticism are sure to charm you. Your American Water Spaniel puppy is very active; he needs obedience training and plenty of exercise, both mental and physical. He excels at dog sports and is a natural swimmer. He's happiest when he's working, especially alongside you. Keep him busy and you'll have a happy, devoted companion.