The Airedale Terrier was one of the original police dogs, hailing from Yorkshire, England and finding work primarily in the United Kingdom and Germany. Its duties included messaging, hunting, and of course, pest control.
This breed is the largest of the terriers, often nicknamed “King of Terriers”, and has a distinctive black and tan coat and a very odd shaped head. The dog appears to be lunging forward because of its erect front legs and bent rear disposition.
During World War I, the Airedale Terrier was used extensively to carry messages behind enemy lines, as well as attend to wounded soldiers on the battlefield. They were said to carry out their duties despite being injured themselves, a truly honorable achievement.
The temperament of the Airedale Terrier is rather social, and good natured. They are said to be well-behaved, even with children. The breed has been known to be prone to hip dysplasia, and eye and skin problems.