Airedale Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Waterside Terrier
  • Size:Medium/Large
  • Ease of Training:Low
  • Grooming:Medium
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walk and a run
  • Energy Level:High
  • Protection:High, barks at intruders
  • Good with Children:Yes, good with older children but may need to be socialized from an early age. May be too rough for very small children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, vWD
  • Weight:45 lbs
  • Height:23 inches
  • Coat Colour:Tan with black or grizzle saddle

Airedale Terrier Coat

The coat of the Airedale Terrier should be wiry, crisp, hard and straight lying close to the body of the dog. Slightly wavy hair is acceptable with a distinctive beard around muzzle. The Airedale is the largest of the Terrier, originating in Britain. Like many terriers, the breed has a 'broken' coat. The coat is hard, dense and wiry, not so long as to appear ragged, and lies straight and close, covering body and legs. The outer coat is hard, wiry and stiff, while the undercoat shorter and softer. The hardest coats are crinkling or just slightly waved. Curly or soft coats are highly undesirable.

Airedale Terrier Character

Spunky, protective, yet sweet, this breed is not recommended for the average family. Dominance issues can arise if proper training is not started at and early age. The Airedale Terrier can be somewhat stubborn so firm handling is best.

Airedale Terrier Temperament

The Airedale Terrier is very loyal, and can be a joy to own, but can be difficult at times. Proper training is a must. An intelligent breed, the Airedale Terrier should have an experienced owner. This dog loves to chase small animals, but can do exceptionally well with cats and other dogs, given the dog has had proper socialization.

Airedale Terrier Care

The good news is that this is a breed that is a very light shedder providing that he is properly groomed on a regular basis. Of course, this means that you will need to dedicate some time to grooming your Airedale Terrier. You should make sure that his beard is combed on a daily basis to keep it clean and hygienic, and his bottom will need to be kept trimmed. For show dogs, stripping of the dead coat may be required every few months. For pet Airedales owners can opt for clipping. A stiff bristle brush should be used a few times a week in order to keep the dog's coat in good condition, and bathing is only required when necessary.

Airedale Terrier Activity

The Airedale Terrier should have at least an average sized yard available. A very active breed, this dog loves to swim, jog, run, and play so this breed does require extensive exercise. Not recommended for apartment life as they are very active indoors and can become a tyrant if not sufficiently exercised.

Airedale Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Airedale Terrier is around 10-14 years. There are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed, and this includes thyroid problems, bleeding disorders, vWD, allergies, and hip problems. Make sure that both parents of the puppy you plan to buy have OFA certificates.