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Airedale Terrier

Dog Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier, also called the Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier or Working Terrier, is a breed of dog native to the River Aire Valley in West Yorkshire, England. It is traditionally called the "King of Terriers" because of its imposing size compared to other terriers. Males measure 58 to 61 cm at the withers and females, 55 to 58 cm. Its average weight is 26 kg.

The Airedale Terrier is an ancient breed, developed in the mid-19th century by crossing Otterhounds (otter dogs) and Old English Black and Tan Terriers. Initially used for hunting otters, raccoons and vermin, it has also proven to be an excellent guard, herding and search dog.

The Airedale Terrier is the largest representative of the terrier family. He has a muscular and athletic body, capable of keeping up with his tireless energy. Its hard, dense coat consists of a soft, woolly undercoat and a rough, straight topcoat. Regular maintenance is necessary to prevent knots from forming. Its characteristic coat color is tan (light sand to reddish) with black or gray markings on the head and legs. Its tail is set high and carried proudly.

The Airedale Terrier is an intelligent, lively and courageous dog. He is also loyal and affectionate towards his family, but he can be independent and stubborn. His intelligence and ability to learn mean that he can be trained, but he needs a firm and patient master. His hunting instinct is still present, so he will need to be monitored with small animals.

The Airedale Terrier is a dog full of energy that needs plenty of daily exercise. Dynamic walks, play sessions and mentally stimulating activities are essential to his well-being. Their coat requires regular brushing and occasional professional grooming.

The Airedale Terrier can be a great companion for active and athletic people who can provide him with the exercise and mental stimulation he needs. He is loving and protective of his family, but his hunting instinct and independence require early socialization and training.

The Airedale Terrier was used during both world wars to search and rescue wounded soldiers. Their intelligence, sense of smell, and ability to work in harsh environments make them an excellent search and rescue dog.

The Airedale Terrier is also used by the police and military to detect drugs and explosives, as well as to attack enemies. His courage, strength and agility make him an excellent working dog for law enforcement.

The Airedale Terrier is also an excellent runner and can participate in canicross races.

The Airedale Terrier can also be used as a service dog for people who are visually or hearing impaired.

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