Airedale Terrier Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier


The Airedale Terrier shows courage and good quality of the defense, but at the same time, this dog is very affectionate and loyal companion, constantly in need of love and attention. The Airedale Terrier can be naughty, so early education is essential, in order to avoid dominance issues in the family. This breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888.

Height: 20-24 inches  Weight: 50-70 pounds  Lifespan: 11-14 years


The Airedale Terrier can be used as a working dog and also as a hunting dog, as it is endowed with the qualities of the defense. This dog is not fitting for families that cannot provide the necessary care and education. These terriers are a bit stubborn and like to show their superiority, so the form of education must be strict and tough. Comparable Breed: Rat Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier.


The Airedale Terrier can be very fun and cheerful. This dog is happy and brings joy, but, cannot find common ground with others. These dogs are smart and strong-minded, so they need an experienced owner. They love chasing small animals but get along very well with cats and other dogs.

Coat / Care:

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier`s coat is a little stiff, wavy and tight to the body. The coat around the muzzle is longer, so it forms beads. Terriers are generally groomed by hand stripping where a small knife is used to pull out loose hair from the dog’s coat. They do not shed, therefore, they require regular clipping or stripping.

Health Problems:

The Airedale Terrier is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Cancer, Umbilica Hernia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Hypothyroidism, Hip Dysplasia and Allergies. The Airedale Terrier has a life expectancy of 11 to 14 years.

Weight / Height:

The male Airedale Terrier dog breed’s height is around 22 – 24 inches and weighs around 60 and 70 pounds. Female dogs can reach a size from 20 – 23 inches and weighs between 50 and 70 pounds.


The Airedale Terrier is very vivid and active, therefore, often participates in sports activities and wins trophies. This dog is intelligent and stubborn, so the training must be based on patience and strictness.


The Airedale Terrier loves the freedom of movement and constant entertainment. This dog does not tolerate an enclosed space, therefore, it needs, at least, a medium-sized courtyard for its daily activities. The dog likes to swim and play, and in the case of the monotonous activity, it becomes unruly and even manifests the quality of the tyrant.


Photo Credit: Derek Key/Flickr; John McStravick/Flickr

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