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airedalestandingThe Airedale is the largest member of the Terrier group. It was developed in the 19th century by the sportsmen of Yorkshire to assist in hunting fox, badger, otter, and other small game that inhabited the area. The early Airedales were noted for their keen eyesight, hearing, agility, and courage, but fell short of the otter hound in scenting and swimming ability. During the early formative period these two breedes were occasionally crossed to improve the sporting abilities of both, and the result was a terrier of greater size and strength.
Over the years the Airedale has developed into a dog of many talents. It has been used in Africa to assist in big-game hunting, and was one of the first breeds used in police work. It excels as a companion and is noted for its loyalty, high-spirited nature, and protectiveness toward home and master. It has a warm, loving disposition, but can be aloof to strangers and other animals.
The Airedale sports a wiry, double coat and is tan with a black saddle. It is muscular, weighing from 45 to 60 pounds on average, with an erect docked tail. The head is long and flat, with folded, V-shaped ears and dark, prominant eyes. Airedale litters range from five to ten puppies, with newborns being black at birth. The puppies develop the characteristic two-toned coat as they mature. The breed is quite hardy, although there is a tendancy to hip dysplasia.
Because of its size and strength, the Airedale requires an outlet for its energies and should be given regular, thorough workouts. While the breed is suitable for apartment living, the dog must also be given ample access to the outdoors.
To reach its fullest potential, the Airedale needs a lot of human contact and adequate dicipline from an early age. Left to its own devices, the Airedale is willful enough to test the authority of its master, and must be reminded of its role as companion – not leader – in the household. Formal training in obedience methods is recommended. The Airedale thrives on human attention and develops a sweet disposition as it matures. In the home, the Airedale is a fine companion for all ages – strong and active enough to enjoy the rough play of youngsters and gentle enough to be trusted around small children.


The information above is quoted from “The New Terrier Handbook” by Kerry Kern. This book is a great source for learning about the standards and behaviors of the Terrier family. It also provides very useful information on raising, training, and caring for your new terrier.
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