Country of Origin: England
Weight: 23-32 kgs
Dogs 68-74 cms.
Bitches 63-69 cms.
Grooming Requirements: High
Exercise Requirements: High
Dog Type: Terrier
Most suited As: Originally used for hunting otters and other animals, now mainly a family pet.
Expected Life Span: 10-12 Years
The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the terrier breeds, often referred to as the king of the terriers. They are muscular but not overly so in appearance, very active,a fairly cobby dog, lacking legginess or disproportionate length of body.
Their coat is hard, dense and wiry, without being long or ragged. Coat lies straight and close, covering the body and legs. Outer coat is hard, wiry and stiff, with the undercoat being shorter and softer. Body, top of neck and top surface of tail should be saddle black with all other parts tan. Ears often a darker tan, and shading can occur round neck and side of skull. A few white hairs between forelegs permissible.
The Airedale Terrier requires little grooming under normal circumstances. The hair should be plucked about twice per year, but for dogs that are to be shown much more intensive grooming is needed. When necessary, trim excess hair between the pads of the feet and in hot climates expect to trim your dog’s coat 3-4 times a year.
The Airedale is tough on itself, loyal to its own people, intelligent but stubborn. They tend to be playful, watchful, active, boisterous and resolute. An Airedale does not often bark. Their agility, intelligence and sense of fun makes them excellent performers in dog agility and they also perform well in dog obedience trials.
The Airedale Terrier is intelligent enough to perceive quickly what is required of it. Try to bring the changes in its training, because if consistently given the same instructions it is liable to become bored and stubborn. It is best to make the exercises a challenge rather than a repetitive chore.
In general, Airedale Terriers will adapt to life with other family animals and are very patient with children. They may be rather dominant towards other dogs, but this greatly depends upon their training and the individual dog. They require attention and socialalisation especially when younger to ensure they acquire good social skills.
The Airedale Terrier has an average demand for exercise and will be happy with three circuits of your block a day plus a game of fetch in the backyard. Most love a game of a ball, swim, and will retrieve any object objects. When full grown will happily run alongside a cycle but don’t take them on a Tour de France.
A hardy breed but with some tendency towards common skeletal, eye and skin conditions. Speak to your local breed association about the current testing regime that your puppies parents and your puppy itself should have been subjected to and what the various results might mean.