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Airedale Terrier Dog Breed Brief History

Airedale Terrier Breed History

The Airdale Terrier or Airedale is also known as Bingley Terrier and Waterside Terrier.

It's a dog breed of the terrier type that originated in the valley (dale) of the River Aire, in the West Riding ofYorkshire, England.

It is traditionally called the "King Of Terriers" because it is the largest of the terrier breeds.

The Airedale was bred from the Old English Black and Tan Terrier (now extinct), the Bull Terrier, the Otterhound and probably some other Terrier breeds, originally to serve as an all around working farm dog.



In Britain this breed has also been used as a war dog, guide dog, and police dog. In the United States, this breed has been used to hunt big game, hunt upland birds, hunt water fowl, and serve in many other working capacities.

In 1864 they were exhibited for the first time at a championship dog show sponsored by the Airedale Agricultural Society.

In 1886, the Kennel Club of England formally recognized the Airedale Terrier breed.

They were classified under different names, including Rough Coated, Bingley, and Waterside Terrier.


In 1879 breed fanciers decided to call the breed Airedal Terrier, a name accepted by the Kennel Klub (England) in 1886.

Well, there you have it, a brief history of Airedale Terrier dog breed.

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