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photo The Versatile Airedale

Theodore Roosevelt described the Airedale as the breed that can "do anything any other dog can do, and then lick the other dog, if he has to."

Few breeds have performed as many different jobs as the Airedale Terrier. They track game like a hound, find and flush like a spaniel, and bring birds to hand like a retriever. As an all-round farm dog they catch vermin, herd livestock, and guard the homestead. The Airedale was one of the first breeds trained for police work. Airedales carried messages and equipment in wartime. Some have been trained for Search and Rescue or as service dogs for the disabled. They visit hospitals as therapy dogs. In performance sports they thrive in competitive obedience, agility, frisbee, flyball, and schutzhund.

The ATCA encourages its members to develop the talents of their dogs in a wide variety of venues.


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