by Dennis Fisher.
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The Airedale is a very large terrier weighing up to 50 lbs.
It has a strong wiry coat that is an attractive mixture of black and a rich tan.
The name of the dog is an indication of its origin, as it originated in the Aire Valley in Northern England in the 1980ís. It is a descendant of the otter hound, an animal that was bred to catch otters. As would be expected because of itís genetic background, the Airdale is a very good swimmer.
The Airedale, like most terriers, is a brave, fearless dog and can be trained to be a good watchdog. In the First World War, the British forces used the dog as a carrier dog. There was considerable effort on the part of certain British breeders to promote the Airedale as an all-purpose dog, much in the same as the German Shepherd was promoted.
A well-known British breeder of Airedale, Colonel Richardson, wrote a book after the First World War, about the breed drawing attention to is many fine qualities and itís versatility. I remember reading the book as a child and being so impressed with the versatility of the breed as described by Colonel Richardson that I begged my parents to get me an Airedale, but there were no breeders in our area
The Airedale is an excellent family dog, friendly and affectionate and amenable to training.