The Best Dog Breed: Airedale Terrier or Cocker Spaniel?

Read about these two dog experts’ opinions on the best dog breed – the Airedale Terrier and the Cocker Spaniel - in this 1923 Dog World article.

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Mrs. Bessie Schlundt and Max. M. Kaiser each offer arguments for the best dog breed. Schlundt claims the Cocker Spaniel is superior, while Kaiser favors the Airedale Terrier.

Mrs. Bessie Schlundt on the Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are real dogs. You can use them in the field as hunters of several kinds of game—they are equal to any dog for that purpose. They like to be out of doors and enjoy the snow, in fact, the colder the day and the deeper the snow, the better they like it. Then, again, take a cocker spaniel to the lake in the summer and make him happy by letting him in the water; he does love to swim and retrieves anything you throw in the water.

As a house dog, the Cocker Spaniel has no equal. He is never vicious but always on the job night or day. Some people think that he is a long-haired dog and that his hair in the house might be annoying. This, however, is not so. He does not shed his coat all the time as other dog breeds of short-haired dogs do, and it is much easier to find longer hairs on your rug than it is real short hairs.

Now as to his disposition—that’s what I like to best of all. I do not think that any dog has the disposition like a Cocker Spaniel. He never gets ruffled. I have quite a few and I never have to bother whether they go out alone or all together as they never quarrel.

I also like Cocker Spaniels as a show dog.  They are very easy to keep in condition as they are not so particular about their food as other dog breeds—in fact, they are very light eaters. I enjoy getting a bunch of them ready for a show and watch how quickly they respond to a little extra grooming. I do not think there is anything quite so good looking as a nice bench of cockers, especially the parti-colors as I like them better than the solid colors.

I have been breeding Cocker Spaniels for about three years now and have been very well pleased with the success I have had both in breeding and at the shows. I expect by the end of the year to have made two champions. My sales are very satisfactory as I can sell more than I can raise. I Just shipped a beautiful youngster to Miami, Florida. He arrived safely and I have an order for two more; this also makes me like the Cocker Spaniel.

Max M Kaiser on the Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is the universal dog; an all-round dog; the dog for man, woman or child, millionaire or beggar; for work or for play; for sport or show; a dog that anyone can like and few despise, once they understand him; “the biggest and best terrier” this side of heaven. The Airedale Terrier is king among dogs and a devil amongst his enemies.

He gains your confidence and wins your heart, equally “at home,” in a barrel or a cushioned auto seat; he knows no creed or caste and is ever faithful to his master unto death—be he a millionaire or beggar. 

The Airedale Terrier is a godsend. He is a thing of mystery, beauty, joy and courage. You are his master.

Over and above all things his talents and character, the Airedale Terrier has a constitution made of iron and steel. He is equally “at home” in the snow wastes of the arctic, or on the Alkali deserts of Arizona, or the dry air of Colorado, or the fever-soaked atmosphere of Florida.

A good Airedale Terrier is better than medicine; you can’t buy love nor joy, but you can buy an Airedale Terrier and can enjoy him with pleasure and profit.

Can you claim as much for any other dog breed on Earth?

Excerpted from Dog World magazine, December 1923, Vol. VIII, No. 12. For back issues of Dog World, click here.

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