Airedale Terrier Hunting Dogs and Puppies for sale

The Airedale Terrier is a large and versatile terrier dog breed originating from Airedale in Yorkshire, England. It is the largest of the terrier breeds, weighing in around 50 to 70 pounds. The Airedale was bred originally to hunt otters in England. It was also called a "Waterside Terrier" because of the connection to hunting otters. In the mid 19th Century, working class Britons created the Airedale Terrier by crossing the old English rough coated Black and Tan Terrier with the Otterhound. The dogs were used in World War One as messenger dogs on the battlefield and also helped the Red Cross to find wounded soldiers. Their popularity peaked in 1949 when it was the 20th ranked dog breed according to the AKC. The Airedale Terrier are still used as hunting dogs today because of their prey instinct and willingness to retrieve. However, you will see far more in the show ring than the field.