Breed Name: Airedale Terrier
Country of Origin: England
23 – 24 inches on average
The average weight of a Airedale Terrier is between 40 and 55 lbs although they can sometimes be a little heavier.
They are very sweet tempered dogs that are highly intelligent, loyal and courageous. Although not always obedient being of an independent mindset they are very affectionate and are known to make very good guard dogs. They are also of a stoic disposition and are not whinny. They are not aggressive but are totally fearless and have been known to have tackled animals as large as a bear single handedly in defense of its master.
Airedale Terriers are black and tan with the black only appearing as a saddle. There are no other colors that they come in.
The Airedale Terrier was developed by the miners in the Aire region of England and were used for sport. Such was the interest in these dogs that within a few generations a large breed of terrier was developed by crossing the Black and Tan Terrier and the Otterhound. The result was one of the largest breeds of Terriers that could do anything that any other Terrier could except go to ground. They are in fact good swimmers and were developed with this in mind to catch prey that take to the river to escape from the dogs. They have a soft undercoat and a hard wiry overcoat that does not shed too much. Because they are so large and have the fearless nature of a terrier, they are formidable antagonists and have been used as police dogs in Germany and France since dogs started being used.
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