WILD AND WACKY FACTS ABOUT AIREDALE TERRIERS
Airedale Terriers originated in the Aire River valley in Yorkshire, England.
The breed first appeared in the latter half of the 19th Century when Yorkshire farmers, miners and other working class residents crossed Otter hounds with a creative mix of other terriers to produce one "do-it-all hunting machine" that would flush out and fetch birds, control vermin and dig out fox, badger, otters and other game.
The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds and is sometimes referred to as the "King of Terriers."
The foundation sire for Airedales is an Airedale from England named Airedale Jerry.
The first Airedale Terrier exported to America in 1881 was named Bruce.
The breed was formally recognized by the Kennel Club of England in 1886.
Germany and Great Britain first used Airedales for police duty.
Airedale Terriers were used for Search and Rescue and as couriers during World Wars I and II.
The Airedale Terrier is a medium size dog, 50-60lbs and 22-24 inches at the shoulder.
Like many terriers, the breed has a 'broken' coat. This double coat has an outer coat which is hard, wiry and stiff, while the undercoat is shorter and softer.
Airedales do not shed significantly, making them good choices for people with allergies.
Airedales being shown are generally groomed by stripping: a small serrated edged knife is used to pull out loose hair from the dog's coat. Family dogs, not doing the show circuit, are usually clipped which makes their coat soft.
According the AKC breed standard, the correct coat color is a black saddle, with a tan head, ears and legs; or a dark grizzle saddle (black mixed with gray and white).
Airedales are known as the "thinking breed." They are very intelligent, independent, strong-willed and very energetic. They are also very protective and loyal. Airedales can pick up what is wanted of them very quickly, but will rebel if they are asked to repeat something they feel they have already learned.
Airedales are loving, comical and always in the middle of family activities. They are known for expressing exactly what they are thinking unlike other breeds which are perceived as more aloof.
Some famous people have owned Airedale Terriers including Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Warren G. Harding, John Wayne, Bo Derek, John Steinbeck and Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan, had an Airedale named Tarzan.
Two Airedales were among the dogs lost with the sinking of the Titanic. The Airedale, Kitty, belonged to Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, the real-estate mogul. The second Airedale belonged to William E. Carter of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Carter, his wife and two children survived the sinking.