The Airedale Terrier is commonly called the “King of Terriers” as he’s the toughest, biggest of terriers. His coat is wiry, dense and hard. He was initially used in Britain and Germany as a police dog and various American presidents have had this breed as a pet. It’s believed that he originated in the Aire Valley as a descendant of the black-and-tan terrier which is now extinct. Apart from his use as a police dog, he became known for his abilities as a hunting dog, a pest catcher, a messenger and a hunting dog.
Although the Airedale Terrier normally has a mild manner, he will defend himself if challenged. He should undergo obedience training early on because he’s a quick learner but it’s vital to vary the training as he can lose interest easily. He craves exercise every day. His coat needs regular stripping and brushing. The male stands 23 inches tall and the female is a little shorter.