Description: The Airedale Terrier is known as the "king of terriers." They excel in agility, eyesight, hearing and has untiring courage. They have a sweet disposition, but may be aloof with strangers. Airedale Terriers have excelled in being a hunter for foxes, badgers, weasels, otters, water rats and ducks. The Airedale Terrier makes a good jogging partner because of their athletic physique. Owners should be strong and confident who can combine firm discipline with patience and precision. Good with older children they makes a loyal family pet. Not an ideal apartment dogs, they should have a fenced yard.
Other Names: Working Terrier, Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier
Height: 23 inches
Weight: 44 - 50 lbs.
Colors: Body-saddle, top of neck and top surface of tail, black or grizzle, all other parts tan.
Coat: Hard, dense and wiry with a soft undercoat.
Temperament: Airedale Terriers are intelligent, responsive, loyal.
With Children: Yes, the Airedale Terrier will if the children are mature enough
With Pets: Yes
Care and Training: Brush with a stiff bristle brush to remove dead hair three times a week. Minimal trimming. Bathe only when necessary. Should be hand-stripped twice a year. Airedale Terriers need daily exercise. Responsive to training and the easiest to train of all terriers.
Special Needs: Exercise, grooming, socialization, training.
Learning Rate: High intelligence.
Living Environment: House with a fenced yard better in a rural or suburban home with an active family; daily exercise and attention.
Health Issues: May suffer from eye problems, hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, and skin infections
Life Span: 12 -14 years
Litter Size: 5 - 12
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: The Airedale Terrier was originally known as the Waterside Terrier and sometimes the Bingley Terrier. Named after the Valley of Aire in Yorkshire, England where they derived from crossing the old English black and tan terrier with the Otterhound in the mid-1800's. Used in the 19th century for big game hunting, vermin killing and police and military work.
First Registered by the AKC: 1888
AKC Group: Terrier
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC,(GB), UKC