The Airedale Terrier (also named the “King of Terriers”, “Waterside Terrier” or “Airedale” for short) is the largest of all terrier breeds and features a square-shaped head with a wiry black and tan coat. The breed first appeared in the mid-19th century in England, and they were initially raised for the primary intention of hunting a variety of game.

A small number of their most recognizable qualities typically are their intelligence, sense of adventure and high level of energy – which all help in making the Airedale Terrier a suitable dog for hunting, police work, agility or as a companion for active owners.

The Airedale Terrier is believed to have originated in Airedale in England during the mid-19th century and was favored by hunters for their versatility in catching foxes, badgers, otters and other prey. They are known to have been created by working class people who cross-bred the Otterhound with the Welsh Terrier.

Airedale Terriers are termed as a medium to large-sized dog. The suggested standard size for the Airedale Terrier male is 23 inches high from paw to shoulder and a weight of 50-70 pounds, whereas the recommended size for female Airedale Terriers is 22 inches high from paw to shoulder with a weight of 45-70 pounds.

The Airedale Terrier is renowned for their bold, adventurous and sometimes domineering nature. They are often friendly with unfamiliar people, which can make them quite unsuitable as a guard dog.

The Airedale Terrier is also accepted to be quite intelligent – placing equal 29th compared to other dogs in terms of their capability to learn obedience commands. They are also known to be a little too boisterous for most kids – making them not always suitable as a family pet. The Airedale Terrier is fairly compatible with other animals such as cats or birds if they’re raised with them but can often become aggressive with other dogs.

The Airedale Terrier needs at least an average-sized yard to give them room to run, so they are quite unsuitable for life in an apartment.

The Airedale Terrier takes pleasure in hobbies including running around the yard, playing games of fetch or tug of war, agility, swimming and going for a jog alongside a bicycle. They have a high amount of energy that mellows with age and need to be given daily exercise in the manner of long walks to inhibit destructive behavior problems like digging, chewing or excessive barking that result from a lack of physical and mental stimulation.

The Airedale Terrier can be the perfect dog breed for active owners with a love for the outdoors. They are fit to anyone that is eager to execute a high level of grooming and take time to give them early socialization and ongoing mental challenges in addition to take them for long daily walks and grant a good sum of companionship and devotion.

  • Friendly, Clever, Courageous
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 60 of 191
  • Height: 23 inches
  • Weight: 50-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-14 years
  • Group: Terrier Group


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