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September 17, 2017

Russian Airedale Terriers

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Russian Airedale Terriers

Who would think that the Airedale Terrier which has its origins in England would be popular in Russia? bbut, from this video it certainly looks like Russians can appreciate all the qualities of the Airedale Terrier.

The Airedale is indeed the largest of all terriers. The Airedale breed originated in the Aire Valley of Yorkshire, and was created to catch otters and rats in the region between the Aire and Wharfe Rivers. The Airedale became an ideal working dog, proving his worth during World War I. Intelligent, outgoing, and confident, the Airedale Terrier possesses a wonderful playful streak that delights his owners.

Russian Airedale Terriers

Airedale Terrier  Russian Airedale Terriers

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale is a very lively breed, and the Airedale needs plenty of activity. Don’t leave your Airedale alone for long periods of time, or he will become bored, which can lead to destructive behaviors. Keep training interesting, short and fresh — repetitive exercises will become a bore to the Airedale Terrier. He is best motivated by treats and other positive reinforcement methods.

A reliable watchdog, the Airedale Terrier takes pride in protecting his family. The Airedale can be a fierce guardian, but is friendly with his family and friends.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Airedale is the largest of the British terriers. They weigh 19–25 kilograms (42–55 lb) in fit condition and have a height at the withers of 58–61 centimetres (23–24 in) for males, with females slightly smaller. The American Kennel Club standard specifies a very slightly smaller dog. Larger Airedales, up to 55 kilograms (121 lb) can sometimes be found in North America. They are sometimes referred to as “Oorangs” as this was the name of a kennel in Ohio in the early 1900s that produced this much larger variation.

Capt. Walter Lingo, of LaRue, Ohio, developed the Oorang Airedale strain. The name came from a line of bench champions, headed by King Oorang 11, a dog which was said to have been the finest utility dog. King could retrieve waterfowl and upland game, tree raccoons, drive cattle and sheep, and bay mountain lions, bears, and wolves. King even fought one of the best fighting bull terriers, and killed his opponent. He also trained in Red Cross work, and served the American Expeditionary Force at the front in France.

Lingo simply wasn’t satisfied with the average strain of Airedale, and after an incredible series of breedings, for which he brought in great Airedales from all over the world, he created the “King Oorang.” At the time, Field and Stream magazine called it, “the greatest utility dog in the history of the world.” The Oorang Kennel Company continued until Walter Lingo’s death in 1969. To help promote the King Oorang, as well as his kennels, Lingo created the Oorang Indians football team headed up by Jim Thorpe. The team played in National Football League from 1922–1923.[14] Jerry Siebert, an Airedale breeder in Buckeye Lake, Ohio, followed in Lingo’s footsteps, and bred “Jerang Airedales.” There is a kennel in Tennessee that claims to have original Oorang Airedales.[2]

After the First World War, the Airedales’ popularity rapidly increased thanks to stories of their bravery on the battlefield

After the First World War, the Airedales’ popularity rapidly increased thanks to stories of their bravery on the battlefield and also because Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren Harding owned Airedales. President Harding’s Airedale, Laddie Boy, was the “first celebrity White House pet”. President Harding had a special chair hand carved for him to sit on at very important Cabinet meetings. In the 1920s, the Airedale became the most popular breed in the USA.

President Roosevelt claimed that “An Airedale can do anything any other dog can do and then lick the other dog, if he has to.”

1949 marked the peak of the Airedales’ popularity in the USA, ranked 20th out of 110 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Russian Airedale Terriers

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