The American water spaniel can be fed with commercially manufactured dog food or home-made dog food. Whichever you choose to feed him, owners need to take note of the two most important ingredients in his diet: protein and fats. Protein is the most important food ingredient for any dogs. An adult American water spaniel needs around 15–18 per cent of protein, whilst an American water spaniel puppy needs around 22 per cent of protein in his diet. Protein is the primary source of energy for dogs, and they get the maximum amount of protein from meats likes poultry, lamb, and fish, and vegetables like broccoli, lentils, and other beans.
Fats are the second source of energy for every dog. It also makes your dog’s skin and hair healthy. You should feed your AWS around 5 per cent of fat for adults and 8 per cent for puppies. If he is given more fat than required, he has the tendency to become obese and develop other potential health problems.
Avoid giving him dog food that contains grains or cereals, white rice, soy, beet pulp, or horse meat. Don’t forget that clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
If you opt to feed him with commercial dog food, just remember that the amount of food that your dog will eat depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. As the American water spaniel is a medium-size dog breed with a high level of energy, his diet should also reflect that.
An American water spaniel puppy needs half a cup to one cup of excellent-quality dry dog food per day, divided into three meals. Whilst an adult American water spaniel should be fed three cups a day, divided into three meals. As this is a particularly high-energy dog, food portions can be increased or decreased according to his activity level. But keep in mind not to overfeed him as he might gain some weight, which can be a serious health hazard.