The Airedale Terrier results from the combination of two breeds. The now-extinct English Terrier and the Otterhound. Breeders created the Airedale in northern England’s Aire River and once went by the names Waterside or Bingley Terrier during the nineteenth century.
The ancestry of this hound added another dimension to the breed’s hunting prowess. Not only did the Airedale perform its Terrier duties, but they also used it to track and coarse game. These dogs have also been used for police work, wartime guards, and envoys, besides their role as a family pet.
The Airedale Terrier is the largest AKC-recognized terrier, and the breed easily lives up to its name as the King of the Terriers. These dogs are sturdy athletic dogs with a hard, wiry, protective wash-and-wear coat.
The Airedale Terrier skull is long and flat. The bottom ears are small and V-shaped. The nose is black, and the eyes are dark and full of terrier fire. This dog has an ascetically long neck, a deep chest, and a short, level back. The Airedale carries its tail high and supported casually but not over the back.
Airedale Terrier Breed Facts
Temperament: The Airedale possesses a fascinating mixture of hound and terrier personality traits. This breed is intelligent, self-assured, and somewhat standoffish. The qualities of this breed seem to make for a unique companion. However, it can lead to bad behavior if they’re not properly exercised and neglected. These dogs are trainable and they can channel their playfulness plus versatility into a variety of activities and dog sports. However, they can be strong-minded and self-confident, therefore, constant leadership is essential.
Grooming: We recommend you brush your Airedale at least twice weekly. In addition, wash the beard consistently. They require professional stripping or grooming at least four times per year.
Activity level: These dogs love activity
Color: Tan with black or dark grizzle (black mixed with gray and white) markings on the body.
Life expectancy: 11 – 14 years
Coat: Dense, wiry outer coat with a shorter, softer undercoat
Size: 23 inches, 50-70 pounds
Group: The Airedale is a member of the AKC and UK Terrier Group
They’re a great family dog and companion. However, if you’ve decided that you must have one, please purchase from a dedicated hobby breeder. A reputable breeder will have all papers and warranties and its health papers. Keep an eye out for a well-socialized, self-assured puppy.