The Airedale is believed to have come from the Valley of Aire in England.
Seeking a larger multi-purpose hunting dog, sports-loving Yorkshires crossbred
the Old English Terrier, a small wire-coated dog with typical terrier
pluck and hunting instincts, with the Otterhound, a breed with a good
nose, a water-repellent coat and an easy-going nature. This cross resulted
in an all-around sporting dog ready to work on land or in the water.
Yet the Airedale is sensitive and responsive to the human need, and easily
develops a strong sense of responsibility for family and home. Its ability
as a watchdog comes from devotion to family, not from viciousness. An
Airedale at your side, whether on a solo night car ride or during an evening
at home, gives comfort and security that is without measure.
The Airedale will return, many times over, the care, training and affection
you invest, growing with you in wisdom and understanding. And there is
no better recommendation for owning an Airedale than to paraphrase that
well-known saying, "Ask someone who owns one." Many devotees believe once
you have owned an Airedale, other breeds just don't measure up.
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