Origin: United Kingdom
Type: Hunting dog
Weight: Male – 23-29kg
Female – 18-20kg
Height: Male – 58-61cm
Female – 56-58cm
Appearance: Airedales are athletic dogs and the largest of all the terriers. They have a medium-length coat, usually hard, wiry and bi-coloured – black (back, belly) and tan (face, chest, legs). The tail is long and erect and in the past it was often docked. Airedales have pendant eras and medium-sized dark eyes.
Temperament: Airedale terriers are independent and energetic dogs. They are smart but can often be stubborn and domineering. They definitely don’t like to be left home alone and will punish the owner who does so by destroying furniture and belongings. These are terriers so they love digging, chasing, chewing and barking, things to bear in mind when considering introducing an Airedale puppy to your home. .
Skills: Airedales are moderately easy to train. Originally they were used mainly for hunting. Nowadays you can see them more often as guardian or police dogs. It is essential to train and socialise the Airedale as their energy and independent nature will cause grief if not channelled and tamed. You’ll rarely see Airedales in obedience or agility competitions but they do well in the dog beauty shows!
Behaviour Toward Other Animals and Children: Airedale terriers are great family pets, they can even become protective of the children in the house. However you should still be careful, always pay attention and teach your children how to behave with dogs. They behave well with other animals, so long as they’ve been socialised to do so. The breed can be shy and somewhat timid if not in an ideal environment.
Common Health Problems: Some of the health issues that may occur with Airedales are hip and elbow dysplasia, allergies, cancer, hypothyroidism, progressive retinal atrophy, umbilical hernia, haemorrhagic gastroenteritis and Von Willebrand disease.
Lifespan: Average 10 to 13 years.