Airedale Terrier Information

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(Airedale, King of the Terriers, Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier) Airedale Terriers are the largest breed of terrier. They have a well-balanced body with straight front legs, a level topline, and a deep chest. The Airedale Terrier has a long, flat head with ears that hang forward and slightly to the side. Their large teeth close in a scissors bite and their noses are black. Typically, the Airedale Terrier’s erect, curly tail is docked. The breed has a thick coat of wiry, bristled hair that is lined with a soft, fluffy undercoat. Predominately tan in color, an Airedale Terrier’s coat also has black markings and, in some cases, bits of red.

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Airedale Terriers are valiant and protective. They have a sociable, kind demeanor and they often aim to please. The breed can get distracted by small animals, other dogs, or food. In order for an Airedale Terrier to be happy, he needs to feel loved and appreciated. Also extremely intelligent, Airedale Terriers can be obedience trained at a very high echelon. As puppies, Airedale Terriers are carefree, fun-loving, and playful. For the most part, the breed is accepting of strangers, but they can become nervous if they feel threatened. Airedale Terriers frequently play too rough and rowdily for small children, but if they are raised and trained properly, they make excellent family pets. Without proper training, Airedales may become domineering or disobedient.

Airedales do fine around children when they have had sufficient training. Airedales are highly intelligent and if trained properly, will listen to every word their master commands. They are extremely loyal, patient, kind, loving and very gentle but won’t take any sort of abuse and will defend their territory. It is important to familiarize them with young children from birth and they will adopt the kids as their own and be very protective.

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21-24 inches
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45-70 pounds
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General Health

Some lines of Airedale Terriers are prone to hip dysplasia or eye problems. In the case that an Airedale Terrier has dry skin, he should be fed a certain ratio of omega fatty acids to prevent the onset of skin infection. Airedale Terriers have an average life span of 10 to 12 years and they average 9 puppies per litter. Airedale Terriers need plenty of exercise so they don’t become bored and mischievous.

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About 150 years ago, the Airedale Terrier was created by the working-class people of England by crossing the Otterhound with an older breed of English terrier. They originate from a valley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The breed was officially recognized in 1886. Their initial purpose was to hunt small animals, but they were later used to deliver mail and carry messages to troops behind enemy lines in WWI. Airedale Terriers have frequently been utilized as police dogs, and they have a number of talents including guarding, tracking, and competitive obedience. They also make good watchdogs. Today, Airedale Terriers are predominately used for companionship, but there are still some lines of working dogs in contemporary society.

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The thick, wiry, harsh double coat of an Airedale Terrier should be plucked twice a year. Airedale Terriers will also shed excessively if their coats are not stripped regularly. Airedale Terriers’ beards should be washed daily because of their tendency to pick up bits of food and burrs. Frequent trimming and brushing can help prevent matted fur.

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Ideal Environment

Airedale Terriers are very active and need plenty of room to run around and play. They love to fetch, swim, and run. Airedale Terriers are downright hyper during their first couple years of life, and it can be very difficult to manage them. But after two years, Airedale Terriers calm down substantially and don’t need quite as much exercise.

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I have a 9mo old female Airdale and her ears stand straight up whats worng??/

Unless an Airedale's ears are glued when they are teething their ears will not lay down. Their ears naturally stand straight up and only lay down like the breed standard is described when the owners position them down.


My 6 month old airedale is very mouthy and tends to bite when over excited late in the evening. Is this normal ?

Yes, it is completely normal. My 9 year old does the same thing. They love to play and interact with their people. Channel that chewing into something positive, so you won't come home to find half of your coffee table gone, or that your shoes have been torn to shreds.


My Airedale is almost 5 months. When he chews recently he gets a bloody mouth, it appears to be coming from the back teeth. Is this a normal part of teething or should I be concerned?

The pup is probably losing his/her baby teeth.


My Air Head of 5 years is just now (since January) has been having skin infections. She is on WYSONG, has fish oil in the morning and night. My other one hasn't had an itch, and they "hot bunk" share beds. Any ideas?

Maybe a allergy to grains/wheat? Mine was getting welts and I changed her dog food from Grocery Store brands (high wheat content) to a quality brand, High protein.


My 8 month old Airedale has an all black back instead of the saddle but some of her fur is growing lighter. Does this mean she will have the saddle after all?

Airedales when they are puppies are mainly black, but yes as they get older it will fade into brown and will eventually form a saddle.


Are Airedales good for first time dog owners? I am considering an older one because I am not sure about the time involved with training a puppy. Also I am pretty chill and am looking for a breed that is to, help please

I would say no. Airedales are extremely stubborn and if you cannot control it you will have quite a challenge. With getting an adult you would atleast skip the puppy years, but you never know what kind of dog you're going to get, and good luck trying to make it change.

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