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Airedale Terrier

The King of the Terriers – a name they earn as the largest of the Terrier breeds, originated in Yorkshire, England, when a group of breed enthusiasts met to ‘show’ their terriers at Airedale Show. The breed was often known as the Waterside Terrier because of their work on the riverbanks to keep down vermin. The Airedale was used by the armed forces in the World Wars, and their excellent scenting powers brought them to be used as a tracking dog. They also have been used as a messenger dog in the trenches and as a pack dog with the Red Cross. Although today the Airedale is primarily a companion dog, they have remarkable scenting powers and has been used in Africa, India and Canada for tracking, has aided the Red Cross in times of war and has seen service with police and in the armed forces of both Britain and Russia.

The Airedale Terrier is an independent, territorial dog breed. It is intelligent, but often stubborn and headstrong. It makes a good house dog as long as it gets daily mental and physical exercise. Initially suspicious of strangers, the Airedale Terrier makes a good watchdog. This is an active breed that needs a chance to get vigorous exercise every day – its needs can be met with a long walk, a strenuous game or a chance to hunt and romp in a safe area. Dog sports such as retrieving, flyball, Frisbee, hunt and field trials, herding, sledding, carting, agility, tracking, and both rally and standard obedience as sport can provide this stimulation while increasing family bonds. As well as being good jogging companions, as Airedale Terriers are excellent swimmers, they also enjoy retrieving items such as tennis balls and floating toys. However, as Airedale Terriers can be exuberant, close supervision is needed when they are around children to prevent accidental injury to the child or dog and avoid the dog’s subsequently developing fear-based defensive aggression. Airedale Terriers are clownish – the true attribute of an Airedale is its great sense of humour. For those that can appreciate the unique Airedale personality and laugh along, the dog will become a unique and entertaining member of the family.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE


Most of these stats are from the The Kennel Club UK. You can view stats from kennel clubs around the world at the links below, which may have different standards and classifications.

Group – UKTerrier
Bred ForHunting Vermin
Rare BreedNo
Country of OriginEngland, UK
TemperamentFriendly, Confident, Intelligent
Exercise NeededUp to 1 hour a day
Size of Home NeededLarge
Height at Withers – Females56 – 59 cm / 22 – 23 in
Height at Withers – Males58 – 61 cm / 23 – 24 in
CoatMedium length, dense, wiry
ColourBlack and Tan, Black and Gold
Life Span10 – 13 years
  • The waterproof, double Airedale dog breed coat consists of a hard, wiry top coat and a shorter, softer undercoat. It requires daily brushing, together with stripping when the coat begins to shed (twice a year).
  • Airedale Terrier often steals socks, underwear and children toys and collects them at its secret place.
  • Airedale Terrier is very protective of its family. It is an excellent watchdog that loudly barks when it detects strangers at the door.
  • Laddie Boy the Airedale terrier was arguably the most famous dog to ever live in the White House. The dog accompanied President Harding everywhere, from important cabinet meetings to golf games.
  • Jack, a working terrier killed in action during World War I, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the field.


Breed standard varies throughout the world, these links will inform you of those standards and give further information about Airedale Terriers.


Click on any picture below to view it larger and in a slideshow, it’s worth it! 😃


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Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Airedale Terrier breed. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site.

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