With the Airedale's acceptance into the Kennel Club, breeders worked to improve its conformation and showmanship, while maintaining
the breed's temperament and working ability. The first Airedale, Bruce, arrived in the United States in 1881 and within 10 years the
breed had won a place in American dog fanciers' hearts.
Airedales' exploits in World War I are legendary. They were often used as messengers,
and are unparalleled in their ability to deliver information across swampy terrain. They also were used by the Red Cross to carry
brandy and bandages to wounded men in the field. Some even carried pieces of soldiers' uniforms back to base, then lead rescuers to
the downed men. The United States took advantage of the Airedale's talents during World War II, when an Airedale member of the first
platoon of the American Canine Corps was said to be so intelligent and proficient that he took the place of five men on guard duty.
*DogWorld, September, 2001
The Airedale Terrier is an aristocratic guardian of estates, exuberant otter hunter and family friend. This canine jack of all trades
combines the tenacity of a terrier with the companionability of a retriever. Keep in mind this is a strong-willed, energetic breed
with a mind of its own.
Compared with many dogs, the Airedale is a relatively young breed. This giant terrier was conceived in the
mid-1800's in the Valley of the Aire in West Riding, Yorkshire, in England. The breed was first called the Waterside Terrier, then
the Bingley Terrier, after a town in the district. This brought an uproar in the surrounding towns. Around 1880 the breed was finally
dubbed the "Airedale Terrier".
Meet our Airedales
Country of Origin: England
Date of Origin: 1800s
First Use: Hunting
The Airedale's heroic toughness appealed to men who loved dogs, but the breed also caught the eye of many women of the day, who were
drawn by his regal good looks, sweet temperament and innate desire to guard home and family. An Airedale, Laddie Boy, was a companion
to President Warren Harding, living in the White House, had his own personal chair and attended cabinet meetings.
The Airedale has
a muscular body and smooth, free movement of a hunting dog. They are an impressive swimmer, and their hard, dense, wiry coat is considered
an asset when hunting in chilly waters. The outer coat is complemented by a soft undercoat that keeps the dog warm in all kinds of
weather. This breed is generally of good health but tend to be stoic, ignoring and/or hiding pain from their humans.*