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Birthplace of the American Water Spaniel

 
 
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By Keith L, May 31, 2008
1. Birthplace of the American Water Spaniel Marker
Inscription. Of all the breeds of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club, only five were developed in the United States and one, the American Water Spaniel, originated in Wisconsin. The development of the Water Spaniel as a purebred was due largely to the efforts of Dr. F.J. Pfiefer of New London, Wisconsin, who perfected and stan­dardized the breed and obtained official recognition by the United Kennel Club in 1920 and the American Kennel Club in 1940. The Water Spaniel is characterized by its ability not only to retrieve waterfowl but also to act as a flushing dog in upland hunting. Smaller than other retrievers, the versatile Water Spaniel stands from 15 to 18 inches at the shoulder, weighs 25 to 40 pounds and has a chocolate brown or liver-colored coat with an abundance of tight curls. In 1986, the American Water Spaniel was designated as Wisconsin's official state dog.
 
Erected 1988 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 282.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 23.307′ N, 88° 44.174′ W. Marker is in New London, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is on East Beacon Avenue (U.S. 45) east of Division Street (
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By Keith L, May 31, 2008
2. Birthplace of the American Water Spaniel Marker
County Highway D), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at Franklin Park, next to the New London Area Chamber of Commerce. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 East Beacon Avenue, New London WI 54961, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New London Fairground (approx. 1.1 miles away); Alonzo E. Horton (approx. 6.1 miles away); Shiocton Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away); Melvin O. Handrich (approx. 10.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.8 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.8 miles away); Old Wolf River Crossing (approx. 11 miles away); Larson Brothers Airport (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The American Water Spaniel Club. "The American Water Spaniel (AWS) is a rare breed with only an estimated 3000 in existence..." (Submitted on June 8, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Animals
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,652 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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