Well, brothers, I see none of you are going to answer our Thos. Biers, Franklin, Pa., in regard to the Airedale dog as I call him and a homely beast at that.
I never owned one in my life but about ten years ago everyone in Sand Point and Boner County did. One man here in Sand Point spent over $700 trying to get a bear hound out of them. I think he had about three c • tour out of the bunch that might have made some kind of a bear dog if they had gotten enough of the right kind of training, but still every one calls them bear dog.
Now a Mr. Rufus E. Dunlap of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, has one that you can call a bear dog, but I want to ask him if he thinks he will ever own a pack of Airedales that would stay with a fox, bear or anything else, as long as his pack of good old hounds did after that fox he caught in the old man's sheep pen, back in old Mazoo?
I know of three or four that are pretty fair, if they had a good trailer with them. There is one out of fifty that makes a good fighter. They take that from the Scotch terrier.
Forty years ago there were a great many of them throughout the country. One of the best all-round dogs that ever lived, absolutely the best fighter that ever was. Someone wanted to start something new and crossed him with the otter hound and called it the Airedale, but ought to have been called funny face.
The otter hound is a great water dog, a better nose in water than on land and also a good bird dog, hut no fighter nor stayer or anything else. The Scotch terrier will die before he will ever give up a fight.
I saw a picture in the Outdoor Life of a big grizzly killed up in Alaska, after being frozen stiff, he was propped up in life size, but eyes shut, and they had to throw rocks at the Airedales to get them in the picture at all.
Dr. C. H. G., Sand Point, Idaho
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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