Airedale Terrier – An Introduction

The breed that got the nickname “King of Terriers” is the Airedale Terrier, also called Bingley or Waterside Terrier.
The origin of this terrier type is in the valley (=dale) of the River Aire, in Yorkshire, England.
The name of the breed was given according to its origin of course.

It is the largest of the terrier breeds and it was bred from a Welsh Terrier and an Otterhound.
Due to its carriage, wisdom, loyalty nature and strong body, the Airedale Terrier was used as a hunting dog, a war dog, guide dog and a police dog.

The males weigh around 20-30 kg, but some can get up to 50 kg. The females are usually smaller.
The Airedale’s fur is curly, in two colors, a golden legs and face, and a black center and back.
The coat was designed to protect the Airedale from its predators. It is a hypoallergenic coat and must be well taken care of.
In many parts of the world the tail is commonly docked. Originally it’s long and carves up.





This breed is very intelligent, highly energetic, independent, strong-minded, and must be well trained.
These dogs love to play and run, and Airedale is great with kids and can be the perfect choice for a family dog.

In the First World War this breed served the British army and became very popular and famous of its bravery on the battlefield.

An Airedale Terrier was also the White House’s first celebrity dog – Laddie Boy, owned by the US President Harding.

Aggressive Dog or Pet - Airedale Terrier

The first Airedales looked completely different from the Airedales of today. They were originally known as the Waterside and Bingley Terriers, descended from the now extinct black-and-tan type terrier. The breed was later crossed with the Otterhound to make him a better swimmer. It is also said to have Manchester Terrier in its blood. They were developed about a hundred years ago in the country of York from the ancient Working Terrier. The Airedale is often called "The King of Terriers." The breed was used as a vermin hunter and was named for the Valley of the Aire in England, which was heavily populated with small game. In addition to his role as a small game hunter, the Airedale has been used to hunt big game in India, Africa and Canada. The breed was also used as a police dog and a wartime guard in World War II. Today the Airedale is primarily a companion dog, but there are still working lines out there. Some of the Airedale's talents are guarding, watchdog, hunting, rodent control, tracking, military work, police work and competitive obedience.