The King of the Terriers – a name he earns as the largest of the Terrier breeds, originated in Yorkshire, when a group of breed enthusiasts met to 'show' their terriers at Airedale Show – in the area around Ilkley. The breed was often known as the Waterside Terrier because of their working of the riverbanks to keep down vermin.
Source: The Kennel Club
Links to Breed Descriptions
The Airedale Terrier Club of America
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Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Click here to view downloads for the 2006-2011 Agria Breed Profile for Airedale Terriers
Click here to view the 2011-2016 Agria Breed Profile for Airedale Terriers.
2. Finland: FKC Database: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=7
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: JTO: Airedale Terrier
US: OFA|CHIC: Health Tests
2001 Airedale Terrier Club of America National Health Survey
Report from the Kennel Club/British Small Animal Veterinary Association Scientific Committee - Summary results of the Purebred Dog Health Survey for Airedale Terriers: airedale terrier.pdf
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Jane Dogs: History of Airedales in Australia
Many articles are available!
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Great Britain: National Airedale Terrier Association
USA: The Airedale Terrier Club of America (ATCA)
Austria: Airedale Terrier Spezialklub Österreich
Canada: Airedale Terrier Club of Canada (ATCC)
Finland: Suomen Airedalenterrieriyhdistys r.y.
Netherlands: Airedale Terriër Club Nederland
Switzerland: Airedale Terrier Club Schweiz - SATC
Norway: Norsk Terrier Club