Airedale

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Developed in Great Britain from the extinct black and tan Broken Coated Terrier comes the tallest terrier breed, wearing a back and tan saddle. The Airedale stands 23 inches high at the shoulder; that about seven or eight inches taller than the average terrier. More rightly, the breed should be called simply the Airedale, since it is far more than a terrier. It has been used successfully a hunting dog of fox, badger, and otter; a messenger and war dog; a guard dog of substantial power; a companion dog, of course; a Seeing Eye and assistance dog; and professional of many other notably noble tasks. The coat requires stripping; it should be dense and wiry, lying straight and close. The coat should not be clipped, for doing so will damage its texture and color. For show dogs, professional grooming is recommended. Persons who meet an Airedale firsthand will not forget this dog of dogs, and persons who own an Airedale will settle for no other terrier and no other dog.

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