The Airedale Terrier is commonly referred to as the King of Terriers and is the largest of the terrier breeds. It was originally bred for hunting otters in its native area, England. However it has also been used as a working dog, specifically as a police dog. Nowadays, the Airedale Terrier is also known as a companion dog and rightfully so. It has a pleasant personality with a never ending satisfaction for affection. These dogs prefer to be close to their families and don’t like to be left alone too much.
Airedale Terrier Dog Breed Information
Country of Origin
Good With Children
Average 11 Years
Average Litter Size
7 - 9 puppies
The Airedale Terrier Appearance
Size, Height, and Weight
Large Dog Breed
50 - 70 pounds,
Approximately 23 inches tall or a little less
50 - 70 pounds, Approximately 23 inches tall
Red, Saddle (Black mixed with grey and white)
Loyal to the family
Friendliness Towards other Dogs
Friendly – this breed tends to prefer being around other dogs.
Friendliness Towards Strangers
Friendly – This breed tends to enjoy the presence of, and meeting, strangers.
Friendliness towards other Pets
Friendly – this breed tends to be friendly with cats and other animals.
Airedales do well with other pets, especially the ones they are raised with, however they have been known for a tendency to chase animals. This can be attributed to a herding instinct some Airedales display. Therefore early socialization and deterrence of this behavior right from the start will be extra beneficial with small animals, like cats.
Energy & Trainability
Medium Energy/Medium Exercise Needs – This breed requires some attention but not constant stimulation. A daily walk can keep them happy and content. A yard and a walk are important to prevent unwanted behaviors.
Intermediate - This breed tends to take a little extra time and effort to learn commands and expectations.
Additional Information about the Breed
Tips for Raising Your Airedale Terrier
As with all dog breeds, it is important to not over exercise a puppy. They grow quickly and too much pressure on their joints can cause issues later on in life. Wait until your puppy is at least a year old before you take them on any lengthy hikes or runs.
Airedale Terrier Rescue and Shelters
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The CKC, AKC, the Kennel Club (UK) and the FCI pages linked to under registered breeds above.