Known, quite rightly, as “The King of Terriers”, the Airedale — the largest and hardiest of the terriers — is a highly intelligent and loyal beast.
“They were first bred to hunt along the river Aire,” explains Jane Turner, Airedale trainer and breeder, “and were originally a cross between the otterhound and the rough-coated terrier.” The result? A sprightly and warm-hearted dog, with a very sensitive nose and distinctive waterproof wiry coat which, as it’s non-moulting, makes the Airedale an inspired choice for those with dog allergies.
They’re also ideal family dogs, though be warned, training them doesn’t always come easy. “They need a strong hand,” Turner cautions. “They are a big breed, obviously, and in order to bring them into a family environment you need to be firm with them.”
Friendly, clever, handsome and patriotic? You’re barking up the right tree with an Airedale.
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