The Airedale Terrier is a breed originating from the county of York (Yorkshire) in Great Britain, where it seems to have been used from the middle of the 19th century. Very probably resulting from the crossing between the Otterhound and the Old English Black, with a contribution of the Bull Terrier, it was used in particular for hunting otters and rats. His highly developed flair, determination, and liveliness quickly earned him the nickname “King of Terriers.” The British and Russian armed forces frequently employed it for these same qualities. The FCI definitively recognized the Airedale Terrier breed on May 28, 1963. Its current standard was published on October 8, 2012.
His hair: hard, dense, not too long, wire-like, lying straight and tight, embossed or slightly wavy in places, associated with a short and soft undercoat.
Its color: black or gray on the coat, tan on the rest of the body, with darker shades, even charcoal on the ears, around the neck, and on the sides of the head.
His head: is elongated, well proportioned, and without wrinkles. The skull is long and flat; the stop is barely visible.
His ears: were small, V-shaped, and carried to the side.
His eyes: were relatively small, dark in color, displaying liveliness and intelligence.
His body: short, straight, and intense back, muscular back, and chest well down without being wide.
Its tail: tied high, solid, and carried happily. It was shortened in the past, but this practice is less and less used.