The Airedale terrier, also known as the King of Terriers, is known for its good looks and adaptability.
There are Top 10 interesting facts about Airedale Terrier.
1) Rat Hunters
The Airedale Terrier originated in the Aire River Valley in England, where they hunted large rats. Airedales often competed in rat hunting contests, which attracted lots of spectators. Ferrets would be sent into rat burrows to flush out the rodents, and the Airedales would then chase them into the river.
2) Largest Terrier
Terriers get their name from the Latin word, terra, meaning earth or ground. Terriers were bred to “go to ground” or burrow underground to flush out prey like badgers and rodents; many, as a result, are small in stature. But the terrier group as a whole is wide and diverse. The biggest of the breed is the Airedale terrier, which can grow to be up to two feet tall and weigh as much as 60 pounds. Thanks to their relatively large size, they've earned the nickname “King of Terriers.”
3) Airedale in White House
Laddie Boy the Airedale terrier was arguably the most famous dog to ever live in the White House. The dog accompanied President Harding everywhere, from important cabinet meetings to golf games. Ever the media darling, Laddie Boy attended fundraising events, met celebrities, and “wrote” letters to the press.
During World War I, the British military employed Airedale Terriers as sentries and couriers. Airedales carried messages between commanding officers and troops in the trenches. They also stood watch on the front lines and warned the troops when the enemy was approaching. The Red Cross also used Airedales as rescue dogs during the war.
5) Police Dogs
The Airedale Terrier was one of the first breeds to be used for police work in Great Britain and Germany. Given their bravery during the war, it's no wonder Airedales were tapped for police service.
6) No Shedding
Unlike some other dogs (we’re looking at you, German shepherds), Airedale terriers don’t leave a trail of fur wherever they go. Instead of continuous shedding, the dogs shed just a few times a year (some don’t even shed at all). The canines have thick, bristly hair that needs occasional brushing to remove dead hair. Other than that, they really only need one trip to the groomer per year.
7) Active Breed
Airedale Terrier should be kept in the houses with large, fenced yards. This is very active breed that requires regular daily walks and plenty of exercise (it can be an excellent jogging partner). Airedale Terrier needs to be mentally and physically stimulated all the time to prevent boredom and development of destructive behavior.
Airedale Terrier is very protective of its family. It is an excellent watchdog that loudly barks when it detects strangers at the door.
Airedales do well in both houses and apartments and can live in most climates. Their coats can be altered to fit whatever the temperature is: Strip their coats in hotter climates and let it grow out in colder ones.
10) Great with Kids
Some terrier breeds are not hugely tolerant of children, particularly young, noisy ones that might not respect the dog’ personal space. However, the Airedale is one terrier breed that is particularly noted as being good with kids, and they are generally calm, tolerant and kind with them, even when young.