Airedale Terrier

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The Airedale Terrier comes from Great Britain and was formerly known as Coastal or Bingal terrier. In the 19th century this breed was used for a number of things like military operations, killing pests and hunting. This dog was first registered in the AKC in 1888.

Airedale Terriers are dogs that love games and the attention of their owners, sometimes puppieswould do "everything" to get what they want.

Physical characteristics

The Airedale Terrier adul dog reaches a height of between 55 and 61 cm and weighs about 20 kg, making it the largest terrier. His body and head are elongated, but in the right proportions .The eyes are small and dark in colour.

It has a characteristic face and expression. The breed have a well-balanced body with straight front legs and a deep chest.

Character and behavior

The Airedale Terrier is full of energy, very playful and loves to swim. Easily attached, brave, adaptive and alert. This dog has a good temper, but in unfamiliar surroundings easily become irritable, especially when feel threatened.

The Airedale Terrier breed dog possess great courage and confidence, he is patronizing and loyal pet and intelligent fun-loving artist. Wants a lot of attention and love.

This breed can be aggressive towards other dogs, but most often friendly or simply polite with strangers. Tutelary instincts make him good guard, but can also be stubborn, headstrong and very independent. The Airedale Terrier is very flexible and energetic, so it is important to be busy and to has sufficient time to exercise.

Training and education

The Airedale Terrier needs an average sized home, possibly with a garden, as well as long walks, but because of his great curiosity it is better to be on a leash. The best companions for this dog are active families with grown up children and people with previous experience in raising a dog.

The best way to achieve much in terms of educating the Airedale Terrier puppy is paying him enough attention and treat him well. With proper training these dogs can become very good protectors.

This breed is probably best suited to those who are experts in education and obedience, as failure in being rigid, strict and at the same time positive can cause the owner to be the one that is owned.

Health problems

As a rule, the Airedale Terrier has a high pain threshold and good health, but some representatives may develop skin problems or knee dysplasia. Dogs of this breed are a good choice for people with allergies, as their fur does not fall. Life expectancy of the Airedale Terrier is between 10 and 14 years.

Grooming and care

The most characteristic and famous part of the Airedale Terrier is his beard, which must be maintained very carefully.

The ears are triangular in shape and fall down, and every four months they should be trimmed. The colour of his hair is light brown with black or red shades. It also needs regular maintenance.

His coat is healthy and solid even when the dog is still a puppy. Under the hard outer coat lies a soft interior. Hard rough brush is to be used several times a week to maintain the hair in a good shape. Resorting to bathing only when necessary.

Children and other pets

This breed is suitable for families, but if you looking for puppies for sale, it is preferable to wait until your children are old enough. Sometimes the Airedale Terrier can get a little rough while playing, so pay attention!

Due to the well developed hunting instincts these dogs should be socialized with other pets when they are still puppies. The Airedale Terrier is not the best choice for families with smaller animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs.

Interesting facts

The Airedale Terrier was used in World War I as amessenger andmail dog. These dogs helped the Red Cross finding wounded soldiers. There are a lot of stories of Airedales doing their job on the field despite awful injuries. An Airedale Terrier by the name of“Jack” ran through almost a mile under fire with a message. He reached the headquarters with broken jaw and splintered leg and dropped dead right after delivered the massage.