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  Airedale Terrier 

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Registration: All Airedale Terriers are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.

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The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Airedale Terrier in 2002.


Breed Characteristics:  The Airedale Terrier is the second largest of breed in the terrier family.  This large terrier is regularly referred to as the "King of Terriers."

Being the true terrier that they are Airedale Terriers posse above average athletic ability, keen eyesight, hearing and have steady fast courage.  The breed is well known for its intelligence, outgoing clownish personality and to exude confidence.

Airedales have a sweet playful disposition that often delights their loved ones, but may be a bit aloof with strangers.

Airedale Terriers have excelled in being a hunter of varmints such as foxes, badgers, weasels, otters and rats.

The Airedale Terrier is an intelligent breed, with responsive and loyal abilities.

They make great playmates as well as excellent companions and hunters.

Country of Origin:  The area between the Aire River and the Wharfe River region of Great Britain.

Original Purpose: Sporting, hunting and working dog.

Today's Uses:  Companion, fly ball, agility, obedience and hunting dog.

Weight:  Airedale Terriers weigh between 44 - 55 pounds.

Height:  The height of the Airedale Terrier is 22 - 24 inches.

Coat:  Should be hard, dense and wiry with a soft undercoat.

Temperament:  Airedale Terriers are intelligent, responsive, and loyal. 

The breed posses a clownish playfulness about them that makes the Airedale ideal playmates for older children.

Airedale Terriers have a "dignified aloofness" towards all. It has been said about them that they "can do anything any other dog can do--and then lick the other dog."

Suitable with Children?:  Yes, the Airedale Terrier will play if the children are mature enough.  Airedale Terriers make are excellent playmates.

Compatible with Pets?:  Yes, Airedale Terriers do well with other pets but caution should be exercised around small animals that could be viewed as prey.  

Trainability:  Airedale Terriers are an intelligent breed to is responsive to training and the one of easiest to train of all the terriers.


Activity Level:  Indoors -  Medium   Outdoors -  High, Airedale Terriers can be lively when excited.

Life Expectancy: Airedale Terriers can be expected to live to be 12 to 14 years.

Breed Standard:  Airedale Terrier

Head:  The head of the Airedale Terrier should be well balanced with little apparent difference between the length of skull and foreface.

Should be long and flat, not too broad between the ears and narrowing very slightly to the eyes.  Scalp should be free from wrinkles, stop hardly visible and cheeks level and free from fullness.

Should be V-shaped with carriage rather to the side of the head, not pointing to the eyes, small but not out of proportion to the size of the dog. 

The topline of the folded ear should be above the level of the skull.

 The Airedale Terrier's face should be deep, powerful, strong and muscular.

Should be well filled up before the eyes.

Should be dark, small, not prominent, full of terrier expression, keenness and intelligence.

Should be tight.

Should be black and not too small.

Should be strong and white, free from discoloration or defect. Bite either level or vise-like.  A slightly overlapping or scissors bite is permissible without preference.

Should be of moderate length and thickness gradually widening towards the shoulders.  Skin tight, not loose.

Shoulders and Chest: 
Shoulders long and sloping well into the back.  Shoulder blades flat. From the front, chest deep but not broad.  The depth of the chest should be approximately on a level with the elbows.

Back should be short, strong and level. Ribs well sprung.  Loins muscular and of good width.  There should be but little space between the last rib and the hip joint.

Should be strong and muscular with no droop.

The root of the tail should be set well up on the back.  It should be carried gaily but not curled over the back.  It should be of good strength and substance and of fair length.

Forelegs should be perfectly straight, with plenty of muscle and bone.  Elbows should be perpendicular to the body, working free of sides.  Thighs should be long and powerful with muscular second thigh, stifles well bent, not turned either in or out, hocks well let down parallel with each other when viewed from behind.  Feet should be small, round and compact with a good depth of pad, well cushioned; the toes moderately arched, not turned either in or out. 

Should be hard, dense and wiry, lying straight and close, covering the dog well over the body and legs.  Some of the hardest are crinkling or just slightly waved.  At the base of the hard very stiff hair should be a shorter growth of softer hair termed the undercoat.

The head and ears should be tan, the ears being of a darker shade than the rest.  Dark markings on either side of the skull are permissible.  The legs up to the thighs and elbows and the under-part of the body and chest are also tan and the tan frequently runs into the shoulder.  The sides and upper parts of the body should be black or dark grizzle.  A red mixture is often found in the black and is not to be considered objectionable.  A small white blaze on the chest is a characteristic of certain strains of the breed. 

Dogs should measure approximately 22-24 inches in height at the shoulder; bitches, slightly less.

Both sexes should be sturdy, well muscled and boned.  Correct weight is balanced and in proportion to height.

Movement or action is the crucial test of conformation.  Movement should be free.  As seen from the front the forelegs should swing perpendicular from the body free from the sides, the feet the same distance apart as the elbows.  As seen from the rear the hind legs should be parallel with each other, neither too close nor too far apart, but so placed as to give a strong well-balanced stance and movement.  The toes should not be turned either in or out.

Yellow eyes, hound ears, white feet, soft coat, being much over or under the size limit, being undershot or overshot, having poor movement, are faults which should be severely penalized.



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