Airedale Terrier

The Airedale terrier is the largest terrier breed and one of the most friendly dog breeds. These highly social dogs will get extremely comfortable with the strangers too. They are thoroughly active and protective of their family owners. They are vividly clever and highly courageous. If trained properly, they can be highly obedient too. The breed is not highly recommended for apartment life since they require at least a decently sized-yard space to move around.

Airedale Terrier Breed Information

The birthplace of the Airedale terrier was in a valley called Airedale across the river Aire in Yorkshire, England. This breed was a cross between the early Welsh Terrier and a Hound breed. They are referred to as the “king of terriers” owing to the fact that they are the largest terrier breeds alive. Earlier they were used for hefty work purposes such as carrying heavy loads and other laborious work, so they had to really active and swift. They were called by various names such as waterside terrier and Bingley terrier before the breed fancier’s came up with the Airedale Terrier in 1879. Though, the Kennel club of England accepted the name in 1886. They were also used as police dogs in England.
They carry a very stylish and easy to train personality with high intensity and low sensitivity levels. It has a secret collector personality trait too, whereby it would just collect about anything to add to his stock of treasures. With a high tendency to bark or howl, it surprisingly tolerates both hot and cold weather equally well. It is one of the most kid friendly dog breeds, though it is still not advisable to leave small children and dogs un-supervised.
  • Activity Level: 4.5/5 (highly energetic)
  • Intelligence Level: 4.5/5 (very smart and responsive)
  • Friendliness: 3.5/5 (fairly friendly)
  • Curious: 4/5 (highly curious)
  • Vocal: 4/5 (complete entertainer)
This large and intensive dog breed can scare the hell out of strangers in case he jumps on to them. This confident breed of dogs is very humble in nature except for how strong and massive they look. Their dark, broody eyes are full of expression.
  • Fur: The Airedale Terrier like many other terriers has a hard and dense broken coat. It is not very long but covers the body and the legs. The main outer coat is hard while the undercoat is soft and short. The Airedale terriers are preferred with hard coats and the ones with soft and curly coats are quite undesirable. The coat colors are generally tan and black.
  • Eyes: The Airedales are known to have dark, deep eyes which are highly expressive. An ideal dog of this breed has small eyes, dark in color and is full of terrier expression. Dogs with light and bold eyes are not preferred for such a breed.
  • Body Structure: The breed grows up to a height of 22-24 inches. With a head which is long and flat, while the chest goes deep and the front legs absolutely straight, the Airedale displays a highly strong and compact body structure.
  • Facial Features: A highly expressive breed with entertaining facial expressions for each of your moods.
  • Weight: They generally weigh around 50-65 pounds for males and 40-45 pounds for females.
Health and Care
The Airedale has dealt with harsh conditions and is fully prepared for worse. Though there are some such genetic ailments this breed suffers including eye and skin infections and problems related to hip dysplasia. The entire diagnostic test for Airedales suggests an appropriate omega6/omega3 fatty acid ratio in their diet. Regular general grooming is a must and weekly trimming of nails and ear check would be sufficient. Also, they tend to get too restless and bored at home, so long walks are a must. And while training them, one should be calm and patient while at the same time being firm and authoritative because the breed tends to dominate the already submissive.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at