The American water spaniel was designated the official state dog in 1985 (selected by the citizens of Wisconsin ). An active, muscular and hardy dog, the American water spaniel has a crisp-textured, tightly curled or wavy outer coat and a protective undercoat. Colors include liver or chocolate, sometimes with a small white spot on the chest.
10 states recognize official canine symbols:
State dogs - Louisiana: Catahoula leopard dog, Maryland: Chesapeake Bay retriever, Massachusetts: Boston terrier, Pennsylvania: great Dane, Texas: blue lacy, South Carolina: Boykin spaniel, North Carolina: Plott hound, Virginia: American fox hound, Wisconsin: American water spaniel, and the state dog of Alaska - Alaskan malamute.