Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 23-24 in (58-61 cm) Bitch: 22-23 in (56-59cm)
Weight: 44 lb (20kg)
Coat: Hard, dense, and wiry
Color: Black or grizzle body saddle, top of neck, and top surface of tail; all other parts tan; ears often a darker tan, and shading may occur around neck and side of skull; a few white hairs between forelegs are acceptable
|The Airedale is the king of the terriers, being the
largest member of the terrier group. The Airedale was
named after the Valley of Aire in Yorkshire, England.
It was the progeny of a working terrier probably
crossed with the Otterhound. An expert ratter and
duck-catcher, the Airedale can also be trained to the
gun and is a splendid guard. It has undertaken a
multitude of tasks, ranging from service in both the
British and Russian armies to acting as messenger
for the Red Cross and as a railway police patrol dog.
The multipurpose Airedale is a good choice for the
terrier devotee who wants a bigger dog. As a family
pet, it is good with children, extremely loyal, and
despite its size, seems to adapt well to fairly cramped
conditions, provided that it has plenty of exercise. It
will, however, need to be hand stripped twice a year,
if it is the intention to exhibit.