William D. Jones, a self-employed MD in Oklahoma City, OK, enjoys spending time with dogs when he is not busy with work. In addition to serving as secretary of the Irish Setter Club of Oklahoma dog show, William D. Jones, MD, likes to spend time with his own Airedale Terrier puppy, Cooper.
Airedale Terriers, the largest terrier breed, perform well in just about any context, boasting some of the greatest versatility of any dog breed. They are bred out of the Otterhound as well as several terrier breeds, some of which are now existing. The Airedale can play the role of a childhood companion, big game hunter, duck hunter, and home guardian. It has even served in the armed forces, with varied responsibilities including sentry and messenger.
Due to the breed’s large size for a terrier, powerful build, and high energy level, most Airedales require some degree of obedience training. Their intelligence means they learn commands quickly, and their faithful nature helps them bond with owners and their families. They need regular stimulation, though, so those who can’t spend a lot of time with an Airedale should consider providing it with toys that are stimulating and challenging to play with.
William D. Jones, MD, provides occupational and preventive medicine services to patients through his Oklahoma City, OK, private practice. Besides his medical commitments in OK, William D. Jones, MD, serves as the Irish Setter Club of Oklahoma’s dog-show secretary and enjoys spending time with his Airedale terrier puppy.
The American Kennel Club first recognized Airedale terriers in the late 1880s. When compared to all other breeds, Airedales are medium sized, but they are the largest of all terriers. Defined by their unusual and charming appearance, Airedales typically have a long head featuring a beard and mustache. Like other terriers, they are highly intelligent.
The origins of the breed go back to 1840s Yorkshire in England, where the ancestors of modern Airedales hunted badger and other game alongside workers in the mining and wool industries. The dog’s vaunted intelligence make it adaptable to work beyond hunting. In fact, Airedales served in a military capacity during many wars.
The breed’s intelligence, appearance, and temperament have made it a popular pet for decades. Notable Airedale owners include American presidents like Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding.