Airedale Terrier

Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier, Working Terrier, Warfedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier can be a good doggie. However, his master must be firm and consistent so that he understands what is expected of him. The Airedale Terrier is an exceptional dog if he is taught respect at a young age. It is therefore necessary to make sure to train him well, with firmness but also with tenderness. Although seemingly calm in appearance, he is still a nervous dog that needs a master or mistress with an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Height 56 to 61 cm
Weight 18 to 29 kg
Life expectancy 10 to 13 years
Hair Loss Low
Excercise Need High
Home country United Kingdom (UK)

Quick Overview of the Airedale Terrier


  • Loves to cuddle and play
  • Very sociable
  • Sharp and alert mind
  • Loves company


  • Rather muscular physique
  • Active look
  • Rather stiff, hard and dense coat
  • Small V-shaped ears


  • Eczema can be an issue
  • Sometimes hip dysplasia
  • Daily exercise required
  • Good life expectancy

Temperament of the Airedale Terrier

This real pot of glue is a great doggie. He loves to play and cuddle at times. He knows how to show his affection with big licks and tender gazes.

The Airedale Terrier loves company, as much from other household pets as he does from humans, except perhaps from cats. He does not tolerate them all the time. His sociability rate is very high and he understands orders the first time.

His sharp and alert mind even allows him to detect his master's intentions. He knows when to play and when to stop. In spite of his size but thanks to his temperament, he generally does not take up much space.

There is usually no problem with children, even at a young age. However, it is necessary to be vigilant and make sure that the toddlers are nice to him.

The Airedale Terrier hates having his tail pulled and can sometimes be jealous of a newborn. Simply take the time to get him familiar with the newcomer and he will adopt him as a member of the family. Children's play and companionship usually make him very happy.

This large dog needs daily exercise and a firm and regular hand to perfect his education. The consistency of the master's actions and the stability of the gestures make this dog a pleasant companion.

However, instability or too much permissiveness will make him a very obstinate dog. It is therefore necessary to know how to enforce respect and dominate him in order to ensure his total respect, otherwise family members will have to endure all of his whims.

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Breed Appearance

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The Airedale Terrier has a rather muscular physique with an active gait. At first glance, he does not seem to look overly long or high on his legs despite his large size.


Between 58 and 61 cm (22.83 to 24.02 inches) for the male
Between 56 and 59 cm (22.05 to 23.23 inches) for the female


Between 23 and 29 kg (50.71 to 63.93 pounds) for the male
Between 18 and 20 kg (39.68 to 44.09 pounds) for the female


His dress is either black and tan or gray and tan.


His hair is rather stiff, hard and very dense.


His head is very well proportioned with no wrinkles. His eyes are dark in colour. Ears are small and V-shaped. His nose is black. His tail is carried cheerfully and set high.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 3, section 1 and is #7

Characteristics of the Airedale Terrier

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Airedale Terrier puppy: between and
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

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Tips About this breed

The Airedale Terrier adapts very easily and can live perfectly well in an apartment as in a big house. The city as well as the countryside suits him perfectly.

Of course, the countryside allows him to hunt, but as he has adapted to his life as companion dog, the city is no obstacle to his development.

All you have to do is make sure you give him his daily dose of exercise and he becomes an outstanding city dog.

The Airedale Terrier will be an excellent companion for a master who knows how to be tender and firm at the same time. He will behave properly if the orders are consistent and if he gets good exercise regularly.

He needs affection and presence. Leaving him alone too often will make him very unhappy. He needs to be part of the family to be happy. This will make him the ideal companion.

Health of the Airedale Terrier

Eczema can sometimes be a problem for the Airedale Terrier, especially after shearing. If his hair is not sufficiently pushed back, collars or other irritants can cause skin problems.

Although not always present, hip dysplasia can also sometimes cause problems for the Airedale Terrier. Therefore, it is important to be vigilant and offer daily exercise to minimize the risks.


The Airedale Terrier requires no special daily maintenance. However, regular hair removal is required, approximately three times a year. Removing the undercoat will allow him to maintain a healthy skin and ensure a better protection against bad weather.

The king of the terriers hardly loses any hair and does not undergo any seasonal shedding, which makes him an ideal dog for people with allergies.

History of this breed

Belonging to the terrier group, the Airedale Terrier is considered the king of terriers because he is the largest of the terrier breeds.

The birth of this great dog is believed to date back to mid 19th century. The crossbreeding of two extinct breeds, the Old English black and the Otterhound, would be at the origin of this magnificent mutt. He was first used to hunt rats and otters, but eventually became an excellent life companion.

Having apparently originated in England, more precisely in Yorkshire, the Airedale Terrier is nowadays very appreciated as a companion dog in most countries of the world.

He is still an excellent hunter and is much appreciated for hunting big game. Moreover, the Tchiorny Terrier, created by the Soviet army, originated from the Airedale Terrier with the Newfoundland, the Schnauzer and the Rottweiler.

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