The Airedale Terrier

The Airedale is a large muscular breed that (on average) stands between 51 to 61 cm (22 to 24 ins) and weighs in between 20 to 23 kg (45 to 50 lbs). It has a coarse black and tan coat that is medium-length; the overcoat is harsh whilst the undercoat remains soft.

Airedales are a very intelligent, independent and stoic breed. They form ever-lasting bonds with their family and owners and in turn are extremely loyal. They are trustworthy and hardy yet fun-loving and soft-natured. Airedale Terriers love to be part of a family unit and as a result make ideal family pets. The origins of the Airedale Terrier can be traced back to the mid-1800s in a historic subdivision of Yorkshire known as West Riding; more specifically the river valley named Airedale in which the river Aire runs through. It was here that dog owners cross-bred the Otterhound with the black and tan coated Terrier to create the breed. This new breed was shown at a championship dog show in the region during the year of 1864 under various names such as the Waterside and Rough-Coated Terrier. In 1886 the breed was formerly recognised by the

English Kennel Club as the Airedale Terrier.

Originally bred with the purpose of being a ‘ratter’, the Airedale’s mix of breed helped it to become the most complete all-around terrier. It could do everything that a Terrier could do (apart from go underground due to its large size) whilst retaining certain characteristics from the Otterhound such as its waterproof coat, its large size and a good ability to trail a scent. These qualities, combined with its terrier instinct, made the Airedale a formidable foe for a high proportion of game and otters that inhabited the river Aire.

Proving its versatility, the Airedale was recruited during the First World War by the British Army and was used to assist the Red Cross in locating wounded soldiers as well as carrying messages and supplies in and around the trenches. It was also the original dog of choice for the English Police Force; accompanying police officers on the beat long before the German Shepherd came to favour with the forces.

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