Airedale Terrier

Type: Terrier

Height: 22 - 23 inches.

Weight: 44 - 50 lbs.

Life Span: 12 - 14 years.

Litter Size: 5 - 12 puppies.

Country of Origin: Great Britain

Activity: High. These dogs are very active.

Watch-dog: High

Guard-dog: High


Description: The Airedale Terrier is known as the "king of terriers." They excel in agility, eyesight, hearing and have untiring courage. They have a sweet disposition, but may be aloof with strangers. Airedale Terriers have excelled in being a hunter for foxes, badgers, weasels, otters, water rats and ducks. The Airedale Terrier makes a good jogging partner because of their athletic physique. They are all tan except for their black saddle, black tail and sometimes black ears. Their fur is wiry and hard, as it appears. The ears are dropped down and they have a long muzzle with a beard at the end. Owners should be strong and confident who can combine firm discipline with patience and precision. They are good with older children and they make a loyal family pet. Not an ideal apartment dog, they should have a fenced yard. The Airedale Terrier is an intelligent breed, with responsive and loyal abilities. They make great playmates as well as excellent companions and hunters.

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Other Names: Working Terrier, Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier

Colors: They have a black saddle on a tan body, with top of the neck and the top surface of the tail black or grizzle, and all other parts tan.

Coat: Hard, dense and wiry with a soft undercoat.

Temperament: Airedale Terriers are intelligent, responsive, and loyal. They have a playfulness about them that makes them ideal playmates for older children. They have a

With Children: Yes, the Airedale Terrier will play if the children are mature enough. They are excellent playmates.

With Pets: Yes, they do well with other pets.

Care and Training: Brush with a stiff bristle brush to remove dead hair three times a week. Minimal trimming is needed. Bathe only when necessary. Their fur should be hand-stripped twice a year. Airedale Terriers need daily exercise. They are responsive to training and the easiest to train of all the terriers.

Learning Rate: High. They have great intelligence. Obedience - High. Problem Solving - High.

Special Needs: Exercise, grooming, socialization, training.

Living Environment: House them with a fenced yard. They do better in a rural or suburban home with an active family. They require daily exercise and attention. The best owner for this breed would be an active owner with time for the breed living in a rural or suburban area.q

Health Issues: Airedale Terriers may suffer from eye problems, hip dysplasia, skin infections, and bloat (also known as gastric torsion or twisted stomach). Bloat is a common health issue to dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer. Deep-chested dogs are more susceptible to it.

History: The Airedale Terrier was originally known as the Waterside Terrier and sometimes the Bingley Terrier. Named after the Valley of Aire in Yorkshire, England, where they derived from crossing the old English black and tan terrier with the Otterhound in the mid-1800s. They hunted otter, fox, weasel, badger and water rat in England. The breeders of the Airedale wanted a breed that would be a large terrier willing to go to water if needed. The Airedale was used in the 19th century for big game hunting, vermin killing and police and military work. They were used in Africa, India and North America for hunting. When they were shown in classes in the Airedale Agricultural Show in 1879, their name was born: Airedale Terrier, due to the immense amount of Waterside Terriers shown. The dogs were previously known as Waterside, Bingley, or Working Terriers, depending on where they lived. The agricultural show unified the breed. The son of Ch. Master Briar was exported to the U.S. in the early 20th century. They aided in World War II, and today are a popular breed still.

First Registered by the AKC: 1888

AKC Group: Terrier

Class: Terrier

Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC,(GB), UKC