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Commonly referred to as the “King of the Terriers”, the Airedale Terrier is a confident, intelligent working, hunting, and family companion. The largest of the terriers, the Airedale Terrier was originally bred in the Aire Valley of Yorkshire to hunt rats and otters near the riverbanks in the region. Courageous and brawny, the Airedale has been used as a security dog and served a prominent role in World War I as a messenger between British troops. Today, the independent yet playful Airedale Terrier is a popular choice both for sporting and companionship. Perceptive and highly athletic, Airedale Terrier also excels in obedience and agility training. The Airedale Terrier is a dignified, intelligent, and highly versatile breed and makes a wonderful addition to any active household.

First discovered in the Aire Valley in Yorkshire, England as a hunter of vermin and small game near the riverfronts of the region, the Airedale Terrier quickly gained popularity as both a sporting and working dog. The Airedale Terrier is an excellent watchdog and demonstrates immense bravery, one of the many reasons the breed was among the first dogs to accompany police officers in the field.The Airedale Terrier craves human interaction and is known to be playful with family members both young and old. The Airedale excels in activities such as guarding and tracking, though the breed is most commonly bred for companionship today. Nothing makes an Airedale happier than a long walk and routine obedience training with its loyal owners.