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The Airedale Terrier (often shortened to “Airedale”), also called Bingley Terrier and Waterside Terrier, is a dog breed of the terrier type that originated in the valley (dale) of the River Aire, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is traditionally called the “King of Terriers” because it is the largest of the terrier breeds (weight range 50-70 lbs.). The Airedale was bred from a Welsh Terrier and an Otterhound and probably some other Terrier breeds, originally to hunt otters. In Britain, this breed has also been used as a war dog, guide dog and police dog. – WIKIPEDIA
I’ve known a few Airdales over the years and some were a bit eccentric. One of my walking clients had two of them. Kady, the older, larger one was as stubborn and aloof as Elsa was congenial. If there was even a slight drizzle, Kady refused to walk and plopped herself on the sidewalk. Elsa would tackle her and try to convince her to get up. This usually required some prodding from behind and a couple of good tugs on the leash.
Lacy first came into my life when she was about 3 or 4 years old and was a regular guest in my home for many years. Unlike Kady, she was friendly and easy to get along with. Her left ear was permanently raised, which gave her a unique look.
Polly was not quite a year old when we first met. She was a petite girl with a mischievous streak. I soon learned to keep things out of her reach after she devoured a decorative candle (thankfully, there were no ill effects). She also had a strange quirk – howling in her sleep. Good thing her mom warned us about that but it was still alarming in the middle of the night.
Do you know this breed? Have you ever had an Airedale?
Looking forward to your comments!