Breed Information Centre

Airedale Terrier

Description

Illustration of Airedale Terrier

The King of the Terriers – a name he earns as the largest of the Terrier breeds, originated in Yorkshire, when a group of breed enthusiasts met to 'show' their terriers at Airedale Show – in the area around Ilkley. The breed was often known as the Waterside Terrier because of their working of the riverbanks to keep down vermin.

The Airedale was used by the armed forces in the World Wars, and his excellent scenting powers brought him to be used as a tracking dog. He also has been used as a messenger dog in the trenches and as a pack dog with the Red Cross

Varieties

  • Bobtail

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.


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