National Geographic : 1947 Sep
Born Hunters, the Bird Dogs 6 National (eographic Society Painting by walter A. Weber Irish and American Water Spaniels Share an Enthusiasm for Wet Going Both are fearless swimmers, at their best as retrievers of waterfowl. The topknotted Irishman (upper) is less useful in upland shooting; long hairs of his waterproof coat catch in briars. Tallest of the spaniels, he is loyal to those he knows but often forbidding to strangers. His American relative is more amiable.