the Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds, traditionally referred to as "The King of Terriers". Originating in the valley (dale) of the River Aire in Yorkshire, England, the breed was developed from the Old English Terrier, the Otterhound and other various Terriers. Originally bred to serve as a versatile hunting and working farm dog, the airedale has made itself widely useful earning the title "Jack of All Trades". In Britain, the airedale has also been used as war dog, guide dogs and police dogs. In the US, the airedale is now utilized and recognized as a versatile hunter.
Airedales are a medium size, stoic dog with an attractive, hard, wirey coat. The traditional grooming of the airedale is done so through a process known as "hand stripping". Hand stripping the coat encourages a harder coat and is the required grooming method for airedales shown in AKC conformation events.
The airedale, courageous and devoted, makes for an excellent family companion. It's eager to please nature makes training more rewarding and enjoyable, however, it's intelligence and stoicism can sometimes lead to stubbornness. We have a theory we follow when training our airedales, "Firm - Fair - Consistent". Plentiful exercise and stimulation is necessary for an airedales success.
For more information on the Airedale Terrier, please see the Airedale Terrier Club of America website or follow the link below to the official breed standard.
Please feel free to contact us to see if an airedale is the right choice for your home!