|From left: Pretty, momma, zena, boy, kat and at right, Red.|
This is my pack; and there's a litter of puppies right now as well, so we're up to 12 dogs. I'm really not feeding them right now; between the rats and other small critters that they kill, trimmings from slaughter and birthing losses of piglets, they're all pretty well fed. I do have a sack of dog food, which I offer them free-choice, but they don't eat it.
Given the choice, these dogs will eat the raw meat and prey that they catch in preference to anything else, and it really shows in their coats and overall robust health. They run everywhere; and every day they make a circuit around the perimeter fence, a roughly 2.5 mile round trip, and inspect every tree and bush and rock along the way.
They're big terriers, and as with any terrier they have a strong prey drive. This means that I'll find them digging furiously after something or running down the unwary rat. When they do catch something it's very quick -- much less than 1 second. Snap-shake-dead.
They are big-game dogs, and they do well around the pigs. I keep a pack of them because I don't have to worry too much about a single dog being lured out by a coyote. They're more than a match for a coyote on an individual basis, and on a pack basis, too. The same as true for other small to medium predators, which suits me just fine. for the carnivores, the sound and smell of the pack keeps them outside my fenceline, and that is good for everyone.
I really love airedales. Super loyal, tough, gritty, determined. Perfect farm dog.