Breed Information

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The Airedale is also known as the King of Terriers: he is the largest of all the terrier breeds and encompasses all the characteristics of this group of dogs. He is a native of Great Britain, from the county of Yorkshire, and 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.


Once called the Irish Red Terrier to distinguish the breed from other terriers in Ireland, the Irish Terrier may well be the oldest of them all. The breed was first shown in Ireland in 1875, when there was still variation in size and type, and was also the first of all the native Irish terriers to receive recognition by the Kennel Club in England, back in the nineteenth century.


A cheerful little rascal, hardy and agile, he comes from England’s Lake District, where once his ancestors were known by the names of their area of origin, and eventually linked under the all-embracing name of Lakeland. Courageous, affectionate, tireless, lovable and naughty - all of these epithets fit him well.


A breed with a truly working background, the Welsh Terrier is perhaps rather less exuberant than some of the other members of his group. As such, he tends to make a very satisfactory house-dog with a love of family companionship. He is a dog with a cheerful spirit and is good with children. Like so many of his cousins, he was originally used in hunting the fox, badger and even otter.

Wire Haired Fox

Originally known as the Rough-haired Terrier, and used for sporting pursuits, the Wire Fox Terrier is a native breed. He is long-lived, with an expected life span of well over ten years.