Airedale Terrier Dogs

Though handsome and huggable, Airedale Terriers are not the types to cuddle on the couch for long periods of time, if at all. They have loads of energy and love nothing more than to run, play, fetch and dig outside. If you’re a hiker, hunter or runner, your Airedale Terrier will stay with you the whole way. They are also very responsive to obedience training. However, squirrels in the yard can easily distract them.

Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier Pictures

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Quick Facts

  • 50 - 70 pounds
  • 22 - 24 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Seniors
    • Experienced dog handlers
    • Active, sporty types
    • Families with older children

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Trademark Traits

    • Bold
    • Friendly
    • Sensitive
    • High-energy
    • Strong

What They Are Like to Live With

Protective and loyal, Airedales are dependable watchdogs, delivering a piercing bark and lots of intimidating, acrobatic moves. Slightly rowdy as puppies, these dogs mellow a little with age—but not that much. They have a sweet sensitivity and need lots of love and attention.

Things You Should Know

Airedales are courageous, intense and extremely curious about other dogs and small animals: Always keep them on a leash in public. In addition to daily walks and games of fetch, they like to swim. If you’re near a safe lake or river, let them have at it.

A healthy Airedale Terrier can live as long as 12 years. These dogs are generally healthy, but some can develop hip dysplasia and skin problems. Their short, dense coats need regular grooming to look like a trademark Airedale. Also, since these dogs love to romp and splash outdoors, they may need to be clipped and bathed fairly often.

Airedale Terrier History

Named for the valley of Aire in England, Airedale Terriers were developed from different hunting and swimming terriers to catch otters and other small game, in addition to curbing the rat population. Commonly used as police, military and farm dogs in the mid-19th century, Airdale Terriers also joined many hunting expeditions to Africa, Canada and India. In addition to hunting and working, Airdales have always been popular show dogs and companions.

The Look of a Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terriers have large, lean and well-proportioned frames covered in bristly, wiry coats. Their long, flat heads are somewhat narrow with small, dark eyes and V-shaped ears that fold forward. Airedales are usually groomed to have bushy, hanging bears. They have strong necks that slope down to deep chests, short backs and tails that point straight up. Their coats are usually tan with black and/or red markings. Overall, Airedale Terriers carry themselves with a nice combination of austerity and agility.

Talk About Airedale Terriers 

Energetic, playful, and always happy

Tess is energetic, playful, always happy, and looking for fun. Airedales are the comedians of the dog world with a loving personality. They are also very mellow after a good romp -- Tess loves to sit in her favorite chair and watch TV with us.

Airedales are courageous watchdogs with a good-size bark, but very friendly after an initial introduction. They are great for active people, and wonderful companions for children as they love to roughhouse and are strong enough to take it. If you want a friend for life, get an Airedale.

~Stephanie, owner of an Airedale Terrier

I am an Airedale lover!

My vet recently remarked: "i don't understand why more families don't appreciate this breed! They are so good with children, adults, and seniors!"

Well, of course, I BEAMED with pride, as "The General" is my 2nd Airedale! He is five years old now and nearly an adult, but I think he's a teenager. This breed is so loyal, so good for protection. It's worth the little effort it takes to train. He does something new and funny and interesting every day - what a Joy! My dog is my constant companion as I am a military widow. Please consider a hearty TERRIER for your next family member.

~Bonnie H., owner of Gen. Neyland, an AKC Airedale