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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier dog breed is the granddaddy of the terrier breeds, at least in terms of size. Airedale Terriers are the largest terriers. They needed that size, since the Airedale was originally bred to hunt great big otters.

Here are the characteristics of the Airedale Terrier breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

Airedale Terrier's Behavior

Recommended for: working dog, hunter and retriever, family pet

The Airedale Terrier breed is known to its devotees as an independent, strong-minded dog. The American Kennel Club's official description of the breed even says that Airedale Terriers have a great sense of humor. But Airedales aren't so independent and strong-minded that they always have to do their own thing. In competitions, Airedales are the breed to watch in competitive obedience, dog agility, and Schutzund.

Remember that breed only provides a general descriptions as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

Airedale Terrier Physical Characteristics

* Size: approximately 23 inches, less for females
* Coat: straight hair, hard, dense and wiry. The fur lies close to the body.
* Color: Tan for the head, ears, legs up to the thighs, elbows, and the undercarriage. The sides and upper body are black or dark grizzle.
* Eyes: small, dark.
* Ears: small, V-shaped.
* Skull: long and flat and narrowing very slightly to the eyes.
* Nose: black.
* Tail: fair length, set well up on the back and carried gaily but not curled over the back

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