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Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier (often shortened to "Airedale") is a breed of the terrier type that originated in Airedale, a geographic area in Yorkshire, England. It is traditionally called the "King of Terriers" because it is the largest of the terrier breeds. Bred from a Welsh Terrier and an Otter Hound, the breed has also been called the Waterside Terrier, because it was bred originally to hunt otters in and around the valleys of the River Aire which runs through Airedale. In England this breed has also been used as a police dog. 
 
Description
The Airedale is the largest of the British Terriers. They weigh 25–30 kilograms and have a height at the withers of 58–61 centimetres. The Airedale has a medium-length black and tan coat with a harsh topcoat and a soft undercoat. They are an alert and energetic breed, "not aggressive but fearless."
 
The Airedale's tail is usually docked (surgically shortened) within five days of birth, but this is not a requirement of breed standard authorities. To show an Airedale in the United States, the official AKC standard states "The root of the tail should be set well up on the back. It should be carried gaily but not curled over the back. It should be of good strength and substance and of fair length"., while in the UK it is illegal to dock dogs' tails unless it is for the dog's benefit (e.g., if the tail is broken). Traditionally the fluffy tail is left long.
 
The Airedale's eyes "should be dark in colour, small, not prominent, full of terrier expression, keenness and intelligence"[6] Light or bold eyes are considered highly undesirable. Some Airedales do suffer from eye diseases, such as congenital retina conditions.
 
Airedales have a normal 'scissor bite', where the top teeth close over the bottom. The Airedale's teeth were developed in this way so he could defend himself against quarry he was originally bred to chase.