Where does the “Airedale” terrier come from and What does the name Airedale mean?

Literally, “valley, or dale, of the Aire,” a river in the southern part of Yorkshire, England, joining the Ouse and emptying into the Humber.

The name Airedale is applied specifically to a breed of terrier originating in this valley, wire-haired, with crown, back, and sides black, and face, throat, and limbs tan.

The dog, usually 40 to 50 pounds in weight, is noted for speed, sagacity, and scenting ability; hence, an excellent hunter.

The Airedale is also said to be a pleasant companion and a good watchdog, though, never having owned one, we can’t vouch for that.

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