Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier

Breed Summary

The Airedale has a classic terrier head with virtually no stop (forehead), long shaped skull, v-shaped ears tipped over, sporty beard and mustache, dark eyes, and a straight back with an erect docked tail. Forelegs should be perfectly straight, with plenty of muscle and bone. The outline is square and these dogs are sturdy. The top line of the folded ear should be above the level of the skull. Their scalp should be free from wrinkles, stop hardly visible and cheeks level and free from fullness. They were developed by making crosses between the Irish and bull terriers.


Length: Medium

Characteristics: Double coat, hard coat, wiry

Colors: Tan with black or grizzle saddle

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate


The Airedales requires 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals to ensure their optimum growth. The diet should be given according to their different stages, like puppy, adult, and senior. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity in seniors, which may cause several problems later.


Airedales are medium-sized, but the largest of the terrier breeds. Because of their size, strength, and rambunctiousness, obedience training is highly recommended. An Airedale should learn basic obedience commands such as come, sit, and stay. This intelligent dog requires various training sessions. They are very friendly and like human companionship.


Airedales are generally known for their top energy levels. They love to play with other family members. A regular play session of moderate length, besides walking, should be enough to satisfy the Airedale’s exercise requirements.

Health Concerns

Airedales are healthy dogs, but some problems with hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip joint may occur. An Airedale’s ears should be checked regularly to remove foreign matter and avoid a build-up of wax, and his teeth should be brushed regularly to avoid dental and periodontal diseases.

  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom

  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 60 of 196

  • AKC Classification: Terrier Group

  • UKC Classification: Terrier

  • Exercise Requirements: > 40 minutes/day

  • Height: Female: 22 inches; Male: 23 inches

  • Weight: Female: 40-47 lbs; Male: 44-50 lbs.

  • Physical traits: Strong, Muscular, Long

  • Personality traits/Temperament: Friendly, Clever, Courageous

  • Energy Level: Very energetic

  • Tendency to Drool: Low

  • Tendency to Snore: Low

  • Tendency to Bark: Moderate

  • Tendency to Dig: High

  • Social/Attention Needs: High

  • Life Expectancy: 11-14 years

Fun fact

The Airedale Terrier is known as the “king of terriers” for his large size.


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