Airedale, Irish, Kerrys

The Airedale Terrier is undoubtedly the king of Terriers. They are followed closely by the Irish terrier, Kerry Blues, Russian and Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers.

Large Terriers tend to be medium-sized dogs 18” to the shoulder and taller. Usually you need gumption to manage as they can be excitable meeting dogs but you can use their intelligence. These are rare breeds now and have their own active breed rescues. We rarely get them into terrier rescue as we are there for the terriers often found stray or where other Rescues have turned them away. To find out each breed rescues search on the internet. Most breed rescues are run by large breeders who are there for their dogs; some may look for proof of pedigree and not take ‘home bred or crosses’.  Any behavioural problems may not be acceptable for returns. In our view owning a terrier, you have to be prepared to be nipped or bitten at some point in their lives and for you to accept the blame and review your management strategy; they are not soft toys. They will expect ‘Pedigree’ prices for their dogs and rarely neuter in preparation for rehoming. If they don’t have a suitable returned dog available, they may try and tempt you into buying an ex-breeder or a puppy.

Breed Rescues are more likely to give an honest view of the breed, rather than the flowery descriptions a breeder promoter is likely to give. You have to have a certain kind of stomach to accept your dogs kennelled most of their lives. ‘They adore their breed and couldn’t do it any injustice’! Their dogs are often bred from kennelled stock and haven’t lived ‘pet lives’, the danger of this is they are bred for show rather than temperament.



Rusty Irish

Fern Irish

Library photos All of these dogs have been homed