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Airedale Terrier


Airedale’s are independant and energetic dogs who are highly athletic. They are very intelligent, but may seem stubborn at times if not mentally stimulated enough. They can be highly protective and should be trained adequately to avoid aggressive behaviour.

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The Ultimate Guide to Airedale Terriers

Key Characteristics Of Airedale Terriers
How Can I Take Good Care Of A Airedale Terrier Puppy?
Most Asked Airedale Terrier Questions
Similar Dog Breeds

Airedale’s are independant and energetic dogs who are highly athletic. They are very intelligent, but may seem stubborn at times if not mentally stimulated enough. They can be highly protective and should be trained adequately to avoid aggressive behaviour. 


Airedale Terrier Origins

The Airedale is the biggest of the terriers, which is why it’s referred to as the “King”. The first trial of developing this dog breed was in 1853. This was achieved by cross-breeding a black and tan terrier with an otterhound.

The result was a dog that turned out to be a great swimmer and adept at hunting large game. These crosses were given the names Waterside or Bingley Terriers. In the subsequent years, this breed became a popular sporting terrier. 

In 1864, a dog show was held at Aire Valley. The Waterside Terrier was presented to compete in the broken-haired terriers division. During the competition, Hugh Dalziel described the dog as an “exceedingly good performer”. These remarks drew a lot of attention to the breed. 

At around the same time, some fanciers decided to rename the breed the Airedale Terrier.

Initially, not everyone embraced this change, and this brought a lot of mayhem. So in the following dog shows, this dog went on to be called by either one of the three names. But in 1886, the Kennel Club of England approved Airedale Terrier to be the official name. 

In 1890, Airedale Terriers were imported to Victoria, Australia. This was only four years after the breed’s official recognition in the UK. By the 1920’s, the number of Airedale breeders had grown steadily.

The first Airedale Terrier Championship was held in Victoria in 1931. It is at this point that the breed reached its peak in popularity, which has stayed on since.


Key Characteristics of Airedale Terriers

Are Airedale Terriers Family-Friendly?Though independent, Airedale Terriers enjoy being part of a family. They’re fond of kids and their owners.
Daily Exercise Needs?At least 2 hours of exercise daily.
Common Health Issues & ConsiderationsThey are prone to:
● Hip Dysplasia
● Hypothyroidism
● Progressive Retinal Atrophy
● Umbilical Hernia
Lifespan10 to 12 years.
Nature / Temperament
Loving, adaptable and courageous.
Male: 23 - 29 kg
Female: 18 - 20 kg

Male: 58 - 61 cm
Female: 56 - 59 cm
Suitable EnvironmentThese dogs aren’t suitable for apartment living. Due to their large size and exercise needs, they need a large fenced yard.
GroomingBrush their coat 3 times per week.

Other considerations:

These dogs are the biggest of the Terrier family.
● They were used during World War 1, serving as sentries and couriers. 
● They are high-maintenance. They need frequent baths, brushing, grooming and feeding. 
● They are a very smart breed. They are known to excel in obedience and agility training.
● Airedale Terriers take a while to mature.


How can I take good care of my Airedale Terrier or Airedale Terrier Puppy?


Airedale Terriers should be fed at least approximately twice a day. Puppies aged 2 – 8 months may benefit from a 3rd daily feeding. 

When choosing dog food for your Airedale Terrier, stick to high-quality, proteinous diet. Avoid foods that contain wheat, rice, soy and corn. 


Airedale Terriers do not shed as badly as other breeds. Still, regular brushing is important as it keeps them clean and reduces shedding. 

When combing their hair, examine them for parasites like fleas and ticks. They could be infested with these vermin especially during warm weather. Also, before giving them a bath, brush their coat and get rid of any mats.

Recommended grooming tips:

Take them to a professional groomer for trimming 3 – 4 times every year.
Brush their teeth 2 – 3 times per week. Brushing their teeth daily is even better.
Trim their nails once or twice each month.
Inspect and clean their ears regularly.


These terriers are high-energy dogs. As such, they need up to two hours of exercise each day. The best way to put their energy into use is to take them for a long walk. This exercise coupled with some playtime in the yard, will keep them happy and healthy.


A common trait among terriers is their eagerness to please. But, the Airedale Terrier is not the easiest to train. These dogs are incredibly smart and quick learners, but they need a committed and patient trainer.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Cavoodle Questions

What are some of the breeds that are mixed with Airedale Terriers?

The most popular Airedale Terrier mixes are:

  • Chidale – Airedale Terrier and Chihuahua
  • Airedale Shepherd – Airedale Terrier and German Shepherd
  • Lab’Aire – Airedale Terrier and Labrador Retriever

Are Airedales a suitable breed for people with allergies?

Most people with allergies seem to have fewer issues with Airedale Terriers, but before introducing them to your home, consider their needs and your own schedule.

Can older Airedales adapt to new environments?

Yes they can. Older Airedales are more desirable in some situations. For instance, if you don’t want to struggle with housebreaking a pup, an older Airedale to adopt is better.

How much do Airedale Terriers cost?

Airedale Terriers for sale cost between $500 and $1,200 approximately. 

Do Airedale Terriers make good watch dogs?

They can. Although they are very friendly to their owners, they can be wary of strangers.

Is an Airedale Terrier the right breed for your family?

Airedales are perfect for those looking for active dogs. They like to be kept busy and will always want to help you with every activity. 

If you’re looking for a buddy that can go with you during your country trips and long walks, an Airedale is a good choice.

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