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.