Airedale Terriers are known as
the "King of Terriers". They are the largest of the AKC terriers, who
were originally bred to hunt small game along the Aire River near Yorkshire,
England. The breed is thought to have originated by crossing an Otter hound with
the Old English Black & Tan terrier in the late 1800's. The result is the
Airedale we know today as a terrier with a sweet disposition.
Airedales are exceptionally good with children, plus have notable hunting and
tracking abilities, keen intelligence, and are a hearty dog with a wire coat
that does not shed. They are all terrier with stamina, and can do well at
obedience, tracking, agility, hunting, protection, and conformation, but most of
all are excellent companions. Airedales learn very quickly and never forget, but
sometimes become bored with repetitive work.
Airedales are often too smart for their own good, and can open sliding doors and
kennel doors with ease, and turn on faucets. Airedales pride themselves in the
ability to outsmart their owners by getting out of dog-proofed inescapable pens,
fences, and rooms, thus earning the nickname of the "Houdini" dog.
Despite their reputation as being fearless hunters and protectors, they will
patiently and gently endure almost anything from a child, with only a gentle
nudge and lick to the face.