A member of the terrier group, the Airedale is also known as the King of Terriers. This breed is an English mix of the now extinct Black and Tan Terrier and the OtterHound. Originating in the mid 19th century, this breed was named after the England valley (a.k.a dale) of the Aire river.
Having a hound ancestry, this dog has an amplified sense of smell. This, combined with intelligence and courage, makes it an excellent hunter, tracker, and retriever. This dog does it all.
The Airedale has a harsh, wire, double coat that offers protection from brush and predators alike. When groomed properly, the coat color is a crisp black and tan or tan and dark grizzle. The head resembles a brick shape, perfect for fitting in the underground burrows of its prey. As the largest of the British terriers, the Airedale weighs 55-66 lbs. However, another larger version was originated here in Ohio in the early 1900s. These bigger Airedales (up to 120 lbs.) are known as “Oorangs” named after their originating breeders kennel. The A.K.C. prefers the smaller dog as its chosen standard, although no weight range is mentioned.
These dogs like to work and play. Protective, independent, and fearless, they make excellent guard dogs. When trained correctly, they can be good family dogs as well. Like many other terriers, the Airedale is full of energy, always alert, and ready to go! These sporty types need plenty of exercise and intellectual stimulation, as the can easily become bored.
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