Airedale Terriers Become War Messenger Dogs

Check out this 1916 news piece announcing Airedale Terriers as the new dog breed to use as dog war messengers.

By Dog World Eds. | June 28, 2012

From the Archives of Dog World: Enjoy this all-access pass to dog history from the pages of the longest published dog magazine. This content remains in its original form and reflects the language and views of its time. Health and behavior information evolves and only the most current advice should be followed.

An Airedale Terrier is a shaggy, sad-eyed dog that convinced officers of the Central Department, Signal Corps. United States Army of its superiority over all breeds as a canine war messenger.

While official authorization for the use of the Airedale on the battlefields of Europe has not yet been issued by the War Department, schools for intensive courses in training have been established and officers say that reports from the various camps show that the dogs have made remarkable progress.

The dogs now in training were either given to the signal corps by patriotic citizens or purchased by interested army officers.


Excerpted from Dog World, July, 1918. Vol. 3, No. 7. For back issues of Dog World, click here.

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