Recognizable and dignified: Airedale Terrier


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The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds. Males stand about 23 inches at the shoulder, females a little less. The dense, wiry coat is tan with black markings. Long, muscular legs give Airedales a regal lift in their bearing, and the long head—with its sporty beard and mustache, dark eyes, and neatly folded ears—conveys a keen intelligence. Airedales are the very picture of an alert and willing terrier—only bigger. And, like his smaller cousins in the terrier family, he can be bold, determined, and stubborn. Airedales are docile and patient with kids but won’t back down when protecting hearth and home. Thanks to their famous do-it-all attitude, Airedales excel in all kinds of sports and family activities.

The head should be well balanced with little apparent difference between the length of skull and foreface.
The skull should be long and flat, not too broad between the ears and narrowing very slightly to the eyes. Scalp should be free from wrinkles, stop hardly visible and cheeks level and free from fullness.
Ears should be V-shaped with carriage rather to the side of the head, not pointing to the eyes, small but not out of proportion to the size of the dog. The topline of the folded ear should be above the level of the skull.

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His size, strength, and unflagging spirit have earned the Airedale Terrier the nickname “The King of Terriers.” The Airedale stands among the world’s most versatile dog breeds and has distinguished himself as hunter, athlete, and companion.

Head: Should be well balanced with little apparent difference between the length of skull and
foreface.
Skull: Should be long and flat, not too broad between the ears and narrowing very slightly to the
eyes. Scalp should be free from wrinkles, stop hardly visible and cheeks level and free from
fullness.
Ears: Should be V-shaped with carriage rather to the side of the head, not pointing to the eyes,
small but not out of proportion to the size of the dog. The topline of the folded ear should be
above the level of the skull.
Foreface: Should be deep, powerful, strong and muscular. Should be well filled up before the
eyes.
Eyes: Should be dark, small, not prominent, full of terrier expression, keenness and intelligence.

Lips: Should be tight.
Nose: Should be black and not too small.
Teeth: Should be strong and white, free from discoloration or defect. Bite either level or viselike.
A slightly overlapping or scissors bite is permissible without preference.
Neck: Should be of moderate length and thickness gradually widening towards the shoulders.
Skin tight, not loose.

Color: The head and ears should be tan, the ears being of a darker shade than the rest. Dark
markings on either side of the skull are permissible. The legs up to the thighs and elbows and the
under-part of the body and chest are also tan and the tan frequently runs into the shoulder. The
sides and upper parts of the body should be black or dark grizzle. A red mixture is often found in
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the black and is not to be considered objectionable. A small white blaze on the chest is a
characteristic of certain strains of the breed.
Size: Dogs should measure approximately 23 inches in height at the shoulder; bitches, slightly
less. Both sexes should be sturdy, well muscled and boned.

Source: Akc.org

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