Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
08.10.2012.
KC
December 2011

UTILISATION

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FCI
Terrier.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 1Large and medium-sized Terriers
Working trial optional

KC
Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Airedale Terrier is a native of Great Britain, from the county of Yorkshire, it is reputed that the Airedale Show gave the breed its name. Many ‘Waterside Terriers’ from the valleys of the rivers Wharfe, Calder and Aire were exhibited at this show, making up a large entry. He is the largest of all the terrier breeds and encompasses all the characteristics of this group of dogs, he is also known as the King of Terriers.
The Airedale Terrier has remarkable scenting powers and has been used in Africa, India and Canada for tracking, has aided the Red Cross in times of war and has seen service with police and in the armed forces of both Britain and Russia.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Largest of the Terriers, a muscular, active, fairly cobby dog, without suspicion of legginess or undue length of body.
KC
Largest of the Terriers, a muscular, active, fairly cobby dog, without suspicion of legginess or undue length of body.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Keen of expression, quick of movement, on the tiptoe of expectation at any movement. Character denoted and shown by expression of eyes, and by carriage of ears and erect tail.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Keen of expression, quick of movement, on the tiptoe of expectation at any movement. Character denoted and shown by expression of eyes, and by carriage of ears and erect tail. Outgoing and confident, friendly, courageous and intelligent. Alert at all times, not aggressive but fearless.
KC
Outgoing and confident, friendly, courageous and intelligent. Alert at all times, not aggressive but fearless.

HEAD

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FCI
Well balanced, with no apparent difference in length between skull and foreface. Free from wrinkles.
KC
Skull long and flat, not too broad between ears, and narrowing slightly to eyes. Well balanced, with no apparent difference in length between skull and foreface. Free from wrinkles, with stop hardly visible; cheeks level and free from fullness. Foreface well filled up before eyes, not dish-faced or falling away quickly below eyes, but a delicate chiselling prevents appearance of wedginess or plainness. Upper and lower jaws deep, powerful, strong and muscular, as strength of foreface is greatly desired. No excess development of the jaws to give a rounded or bulging appearance to the cheeks, as ‘cheekiness’ is undesirable. Lips tight, nose black.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Long and flat, not too broad between ears and narrowing slightly to eyes.

Stop

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FCI
Hardly visible.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Foreface well filled up before eyes, not dish-faced or falling away quickly below eyes, but a delicate chiselling prevents appearance of wedginess or plainness.
KC
Teeth strong. Jaws strong. Scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws preferable, but vice-like bite acceptable. An overshot or undershot mouth undesirable.

Lips

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FCI
Tight.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Upper and lower jaws deep, powerful, strong and muscular, as strength of foreface is greatly desired. No excess development in the jaws to give a rounded or bulging appearance to the cheeks. Teeth strong. Scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws preferable, but vice-like bite acceptable. An overshot or undershot mouth undesirable.

Cheeks

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FCI
Level and free from fullness. “Cheekiness” is undesired.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark in colour, relatively small, not prominent, full of terrier expression, keenness and intelligence. Light or bold eye highly undesirable.
KC
Dark in colour, relatively small, not prominent, full of terrier expression, keeness and intelligence. Light or bold eye highly undesirable.

Ears

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FCI
« V »-shaped with a side carriage, small but not out of proportion to size of dog. Top line of folded ear slightly above level of skull. Pendulous ears or ears set too high undesirable.
KC
V-shaped with a side carriage, small but not out of proportion to size of dog. Top line of folded ear slightly above level of skull. Pendulous ears or ears set too high undesirable.

NECK

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FCI
Clean, muscular, of moderate length and thickness, gradually widening towards shoulders, and free from throatiness.
KC
Clean, muscular, of moderate length and thickness, gradually widening towards shoulders, and free from throatiness.

BODY

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KC
Back short, strong, straight and level, showing no slackness. Loins muscular. Ribs well sprung. In short-coupled and well ribbed-up dogs there is little space between ribs and hips. When dog is long in couplings some slackness will be shown here. Chest deep (i.e. approximately level with elbows) but not broad.

Back

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FCI
Short, strong, straight and level, showing no slackness.

Loin

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FCI
Muscular. In short-coupled and well ribbed-up dogs there is little space between ribs and hips. When dog is long in couplings some slackness will be shown here.

Chest

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FCI
Deep (i.e. approximately level with the elbows) but not broad. Ribs well sprung.

TAIL

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FCI
Previously customarily docked.
Docked: Set on high and carried gaily, not curled over back. Good strength and substance. Tip approximately at same height as top of skull.
Undocked: Set on high and carried gaily. Good strength and substance.
KC
Previously customarily docked. Docked: Set on high and carried gaily, not curled over back. Good strength and substance. Tip approximately at the same height as top of skull. Undocked: Set on high and carried gaily. Good strength and substance.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders long, well laid back, sloping obliquely, shoulder blades flat. Forelegs perfectly straight, with good bone. Elbows perpendicular to body, working free of sides.

Shoulder

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FCI
Long, well laid back, sloping obliquely. Shoulder-blades flat.

Elbow

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FCI
Perpendicular to body, working free of sides.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Forelegs perfectly straight, with good bone.

FEET

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KC
Small, round and compact, with a good depth of pad, well cushioned, and toes moderately arched, turning neither in nor out.

Forefeet

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FCI
Small, round and compact, with a good depth of pad, well cushioned, and toes moderately arched, turning neither in nor out.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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KC
Thighs long and powerful with muscular second thigh, stifles well bent, turned neither in nor out. Hocks well let down, parallel with each other when viewed from behind.

Thigh

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FCI
Long and powerful.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent, turned neither in nor out.

HIND LEGS

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Lower thigh

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FCI
Muscular.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Hocks well let down, parallel with each other when viewed from behind.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Legs carried straight forward. Forelegs move freely, parallel to the sides. When approaching, forelegs should form a continuation of the straight line of the front, feet being same distance apart as elbows.
Propulsive power is furnished by hindlegs.
KC
Legs carried straight forward. Forelegs move freely, parallel to the sides. When approaching, forelegs should form a continuation of the straight line of the front, feet being same distance apart as elbows. Propulsive power is furnished by hindlegs.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Hard, dense and wiry, not so long as to appear ragged. Lying straight and close, covering body and legs; outer coat hard, wiry and stiff, undercoat shorter and softer. Hardest coats are crinkling or just slightly waved; curly or soft coat highly undesirable.
KC
Hard, dense and wiry, not so long as to appear ragged. Lying straight and close, covering body and legs; outer coat hard, wiry and stiff, undercoat shorter and softer. Hardest coats are crinkling or just slightly waved; curly or soft coat highly undesirable.

COLOUR

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FCI
Body saddle black or grizzle as is top of the neck and top surface of tail. All other parts tan. Ears often a darker tan, and shading may occur round neck and side of skull. A few white hairs between forelegs acceptable.
KC
Body saddle black or grizzle as is top of the neck and top surface of tail. All other parts tan. Ears often a darker tan, and shading may occur round neck and side of skull. A few white hairs between forelegs acceptable.

SIZE

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KC
Height about 58-61 cms (23-24 ins) for dogs, taken from top of shoulder, and bitches about 56-59 cms (22-23 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI

About 58 - 61 cms for males.
About 56 - 59 cms for females.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.