Airedale Terrier is the largest of the terrier breeds, the Airedale is named after the River Aire in Yorkshire, England, where it was first bred. Here it was originally known by a variety of local names, such as the Bingley and the Waterside Terrier. Its present name was established at the Airedale Agricultural Show in 1879.
Origins: Yorkshire, England
Coat Type/Colour: Smooth; Black and tan
Height: 23 – 24 inch (58.5-61 cm)
Weight: 44 lb (20 kg)
Nature: Intelligent, Alert and Tough
Airedale Terriers are thought to be descended from the now extinct Black and Tan Terrier, with crossings involving Otterhounds also playing a part in its ancestry. The Airedale has been used for hunting a variety of game, ranging from rate to foxes and badgers. It’s intelligent and alert nature has led to its involvement in police work, and the breed was a popular choice as a messenger dog, working in the trenches during the First World War.
Today, these terriers are a frequent sight at dog shows around the world, although for show purposes their coat has to be stripped by hand, which is an onerous task. Airedales are tough dogs and may occasionally become embroiled in a fight with another dog, but they are not aggressive by nature. They will prove formidable guards, however, being very loyal to their owner. In terms of exercise, they do need a good run every day, otherwise they may become bored and destructive.