Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier

The Terrier family of dogs has a “King terrier” known by the name Airedale terrier. Being the largest of the terrier breed makes Airedale Terrier “The King of Terriers”. The name is also shortened to “Airedale”.

Airedale terrier gets its name because of its origin from the valley (which is what “Dale” means) of the “Aire” River.

Airedale was bred from the Welsh terrier, the Otterhound and many other breeds of the terrier type groups. The Airedale stands tall at a height of 60-61 centimeters (24 inches) and weighs about 25-35 Kgs.  

They were initially bred to hunt. Also, the Airedale terrier has served as a guide dog, war dog and a police dog.

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Quick Facts>Quick Facts


Average Weight: 42-55 pounds (male), 45 pounds (female)

Average Height: 22-24inches (male), 22-23 inches (female).

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years.

Dog Group: Terrier

Colors: Black & Tan

AKC Rank: 55

At a Glance>At a Glance

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Airedale Terrier size is the largest of the terrier breeds. Dogs in the terrier family vary a lot in size. The Airedale terrier manages to be the tallest of the terrier family.

Its height is 23-24 inches and can weigh as much as 50-80 pounds.

Affection Level (4/5)

Airedales are terrier giants but are pretty affectionate. They are wonderful when living with a family, with the kids and also make good friends with other dogs.

However, they may take some time to adjust with strangers but are still well behaved and can be handled.

Apartment Friendly (2/5)

Apartments cannot be suitable for Airedales as they need more space to run around and play. They need regular exercise and indoor activities as they are not the ones to just sit around and wait for you to play with them.

A house with a back yard is best suitable for Airedales.

Cold Weather Tolerability (3/5)

Airedales enjoy being outdoors. They can deal with cold weather quite good as the weather is not a problem for the Airedale terrier as long as it is too much to bear.

Hot Weather Tolerability (3/5)

Airedales can cope well with the rising temperatures. The giant terrier has a coat fuzzy coat with its hair being short and wiry.

If the fuzzy coat is stripped in the hot weather it becomes easier for the Airedale to tolerate the heat.

Barking Tendencies (4/5)

If you own an Airedale you will see them constantly moving and chasing anything that moves.

They are likely to bark every now and then, yet they are not the constant barkers, they may howl sometimes.

Cat-Friendly (2/5)

If you happen to own a cat and you are thinking to get an Airedale terrier you should make the two meet and bond as soon as possible.

Dog-Friendly (4/5):

If not so much with cats, the Airedales can definitely be great with other dogs. They are very playful, energetic and athletic. Airedales are tough creatures but they can still be great with other dogs.

Exercise Needs (5/5)

Airedale terrier is a strong and independent dog. To pet one, you should be ready to make them exercise everyday as just throw and fetch is not enough for this tough terrier.

Grooming Needs (5/5)

The Airedale terrier requires a lot of grooming considering its wiry hair and fuzzy coat. Grooming is mainly required to keep the fur shiny and clear of dirt.

Playfulness (5/5):

Having a history of serving as a hunting as well as a guide dog, Airedales are born athletes. They are very playful and cannot just sit around and doze off.

Trainability (5/5)

When it comes to training an Airedale terrier you will be surprised at how smart and quickly this dog adapts to things when being trained.

Intelligence (5/5)

Airedale terrier are intelligent and smart dogs. They were bred in the first place to hunt. They naturally have great hunting skills and are intelligent enough to quickly grasp new things.

Mouthiness (5/5)

Airedales are mouthy dogs. Despite being tough and strong the Airedale terrier is great companion who loves nibbling and play-bites.

Price Group (5/5)

Airedale terrier price range starts from $500 up to $2000.

About Aired>About Airedale Terrier


The Airedale Terrier is a lovely breed, the name is shortened to “Airedale” and it is also known as the Waterside Terrier or the Bingley Terrier.

The terrier breed is usually a small or normal sized breed but the Airedale Terrier is the largest in the terrier group. Owing to its size Airedale is called the “King of Terriers”.

Its height is almost 1 Feet 9 inches or 11 inches. The male Airedales are slightly taller and heavier than the female.

Airedale terrier is an adorable breed yet strong and protective. They can be great as watchdogs considering their smartness and independent nature.

Though, they are adorable they are not suitable to average families. Airedales can have dominance issues and require appropriate training started at an early age. They are physically very active and always ready for a new adventure.

Where Did Airedale >Where Did Airedale Terriers Come From?


The Airedale Terrier history goes back to the mid-19th Century. A “Dale” means a valley. The name Airedale refers to the River Aire running in the valley of Yorkshire. This can be considered as the birthplace of the Airedale Terrier.

People from this century cross bred a Black and tan terrier with the Otterhound and more of the terrier type group. As a result of which, the Airedale terrier was born.

The Airedale was born with a black and tan coat with rough hair and a soft undercoat. They were then used for hunting vermin, as a guide dog and also served as a police dog.

Airedales are great companions if you love to go hiking. They are energetic, athletic and never sit idle because they themselves seek adventure continously.

Walter Lingo, Ex- Army captain and also an Airedale breeder developed an even lager Airedale Terrier the ‘Oorang Airedale’ in 1920’s. Which is why Airedales were also known as “Oorang”.


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Airedale Terrier size earns it the title “King of terriers”. Originally bred to hunt vermin the terriers are small and fearless, until the Airedale Terrier was bred and was born as the largest terrier.

The size of Airedale Terrier is about 24 Inches and weighs 50-80 pounds. This is the case for the male Airedale, the female is slightly shorter and weighs a little less than the male Airedale.

Their size plus the active nature makes them not suitable for families who are new to pet a dog. They need regular exercising and indoor activities as they are not the ones to just sit around and wait for you to play with them.

They are not apartment dogs thus, a house with a back yard is best suitable for Airedales. Its structure and size can make Airedales unsuitable to pet, for many people.

The Oorang Airedale was bred to weigh more than the regular Airedale. However, the standard weight of Airedales remained up to 45-50 pounds.


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Airedales sure make as wonderful house dogs but if you decide to bring home an Airedale terrier you need to start training him early. For new dog parents training them can be very difficult.

Airedales are naturally independent and intelligent dogs. This also makes them dominant and they might think they can be dominant with their owner as well. To prevent this training an Airedale is a must.

With good behavior and lots of treats your terrier will learn the training very quickly. Punishing him/her will only toughen the training and learning progress.

The training process for an Airedale should start when it reaches the age of 6 months. At this age Airedale terrier puppies are able to understand the commands and are responsive to their training.

Airedales are strong headed dogs and starting their training when they are puppies helps them teach obedience. They are extremely amazing as family dogs, and also adapt to their training quickly.

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