The greatest of the terriers
Original Name : Airedale Terrier
Type : Lupoid
Male size : Approximately 22¾-24 inches
Female size : Approximately 22-23¼ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : United Kingdom
While Black Russian Terriers have challenged their crown as the biggest of the terriers, Airedales are certainly no lightweights. Their working qualities were utilized very early on and they are used as police dogs in some countries.
Well proportioned, with no wrinkles.
Short, strong, straight, level back, muscular loins, deep chest (approximately level with the elbows), but not broad.
Black or grayish saddle, top of the neck and upper tail. All other parts are tan.
Pendulous, V shaped and carried at the side, small, but not out of proportion to the size of the dog.
Set high and carried cheerfully, but not rolled over the back. Good strength and substance needed.
Hard, dense and wiry, not long enough to appear shaggy. Lying straight and close, covering body and legs.
Airedales have an impressive ability to catch vermin, even in the water, as they are good swimmers, in any climate. The breed comes from the north English county of Yorkshire, specifically the valley of the Aire river.The expression of the eyes, the carriage of the ears and the tail express the sociable and confident character of these friendly, brave and intelligent dogs. Airedales are always alert, not aggressive but fearless. Many feel this is the greatest of the terriers. This muscular, active, fairly cob dog, never looks high on its feet or overly long of body.
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Like all terriers, Airedales are exceptional ratters, but their adaptability and character are well suited to army duties. They were first used in the British military searching for injured persons, or on guard and post duty. They continue to be used as a full-fledged working and service dog in some countries, like the Netherlands and Germany.