Airedale Terrier Breed Information

The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds and is often referred to as the “King of Terriers.” The following Airedale Terrier breed information gives you the good on this King so you can decide whether he is a good match for your family.

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This bold, happy dog has a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.  


The Airedale Terrier hails from the Valley of Aire in England. The true ancestry of the breed is unknown, but Airedale Terriers are believed to be a mix of the Old English Terrier, the Otterhound and various other terriers. Airedale Terriers first appeared in 1840 and were originally bred to hunt both on land and along the water.


The Airedale Terrier is a medium-sized dog that weighs 40 to 65 pounds and measures 21 to 23 inches. The dog's body is square and sturdy, with a look of elegance.

Grooming Needs

The Airedale Terrier has a black and tan double coat with a soft undercoat and dense, wiry topcoat. These dogs are average shedders for most of the year, but shed more heavily in the spring and fall. They should be brushed weekly and bathed only when necessary. Most Airedale Terriers will also have their coats trimmed three to four times a year, although it is not a necessity if the dog isn’t being shown. If the dog is being shown, they will require more frequent trips to a professional groomer.


The Airedale Terrier is a friendly dog that loves their family, but maintains an independent streak.  


The Airedale Terrier was bred to be a hunter and continues to be hard-working, confident and courageous. Airedale Terriers are known to be very protective and alert. They are friendly with other dogs and people, but will not back down from a fight.

This breed has lots of energy and loves to play as much and as often as possible.  They enjoy attention, especially from their family, but are also fine spending some time alone.

Training Needs

The Airedale is very intelligent and wants to please their owner. This breed is also quite independent and likes to think they are the alpha of the house. Like many terriers, this pup also has a tendency to bark, chew and dig. The dog does best with a firm, assertive leader and early socialization. Consistent routines and treat-based reinforcement are also very effective as training regimens. With proper training, they can excel at tricks, agility, obedience and hunting.

Activity Level

The Airedale Terrier loves to run and romp. This breed is not well-suited for apartment living. It needs space with a secure backyard being ideal. Lots of exercise - both physical and mental - is necessary to keep this pup from growing restless and potentially destructive. Airedale Terriers need long daily walks and will appreciate games of fetch. 

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