Watch and Vermin Dog-What breed of dog would be best for a watch dog and a vermin dog on a chicken ranch in the North-west?
For a watch dog and vermin dog on a chicken ranch will say the best you can get is an Airedale terrier. They are terrors on all kinds of vermin, very alert and easily acquire the instinct of watching and guarding. If you get a pup, help him in making his first kills, and don’t let any animal get the best of him while he is a pup. Teach him also to be friendly with children at all times, and never let anyone scare him, as he might take revenge someday.
I would advise on Airedale as best suited for that country, but in selecting one get one with a good hard coat, as a woolly one is not good in snow. This dog is good on varmints, also good watch and companion dog. His weight is 40 to 45 pounds. The Irish terrier would probably suit you if you desired a smaller dog, as both of these dogs can answer all question put to them. There is not much choice only to size. Under the show rules the Irish terrier should not weigh over 25 pounds, but as hunters in the West want dogs somewhat heavier than this, breeders of practical workers and not show stock can furnish the breed for under-ground work on fox, etc., and the larger type for bear, lion, lynx, etc.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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