Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier was named for the valley of the Aire in England, the place where the breed most likely originated. The Airedale was developed from similar terriers that are now extinct. Before the breed evolved into today’s Airedale, it was called the Waterside or Bingley Terrier.

Airedales were originally bred to be versatile working dogs. They were skilled hunters, reliable messengers, and dutiful guard dogs. In fact, they have been used all over the world for their abilities. Airedale Terriers were first registered with the AKC in 1888.

Size: 40-65 pounds
Colors: Black and Tan & Grizzle and Tan

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

About the Breed:

The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the terriers – often called the “King of Terriers.” This breed is highly energetic and brave with a square, sturdy build and deep chest.

Airedales are smart and protective dogs that must be trained properly. An unsocialized, unruly Airedale can be quite difficult to live with. However, with patience and consistency, the Airedale can become a very obedient, trustworthy companion. Though Airedales can be excellent family dogs, most do best with older children (and after proper training).

Airedales have unique hair coats, including a wiry top coat with a softer undercoat. The breed is known to be a low-shedder. Because of their coarse, curly hair, much attention must be placed on proper grooming, including regular haircuts and brushing.

The high energy level of the Airedale makes serious exercise a requirement. The more activity, the better for this breed. Airedales benefit from plenty of physical and mental stimulation. This, along with a healthy diet and routine veterinary care will help keep your Airedale healthy for many years.