Airedales Well Suited As Trapline Dogs


This work requires a steady dog, and not too brave as an engagement will damage the valuable fur, with decent nose, to locate trapped game animals that have run off from a trap set. Airedales are said to be perfect for this work.

Note: Some trappers do not anchor their leg traps to prevent chewed off paws, so instead of anchoring, they use a (ninja like) small grapple hook at the end of the trap to snag in the brush and in most cases, the animals is naturally snagged, and does not engage in self mutilation.  Im not a big fan of leg hold traps personally, preferring water drown type sets or humane foot traps, in additional to conibears as I used as a kid when fur paid decently.






Above is a German Bred Wachtelhund, used as a Den Dog to enter a coyote den, seek and destroy- momma, papa and adolescent coyote pups. This one is used by a licensed game hunter out West with great success.  They are not known for standing and barking at vermin but closing on it.


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