Breed History / Description

The King of the Terriers – a name he earns as the largest of the Terrier breeds, originated in Yorkshire, when a group of breed enthusiasts met to 'show' their terriers at Airedale Show – in the area around Ilkley. The breed was often known as the Waterside Terrier because of their working of the riverbanks to keep down vermin. 

The Airedale was used by the armed forces in the World Wars, and his excellent scenting powers brought him to be used as a tracking dog. He also has been used as a messenger dog in the trenches and as a pack dog with the Red Cross. The Airedale is part of the Terrier group.


Keen of expression, quick of movement, on the tiptoe of expectation at any movement. Character denoted and shown by expression of eyes, and by carriage of ears and erect tail. 


Outgoing and confident, friendly, courageous and intelligent. Alert at all times, not aggressive but fearless.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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