Airedale Terrier Photo

Airedale Terrier Dog Breed Info & Pictures

Strong-willed and super smart, the Airedale Terrier loves to work. The dog’s strong personality is evident in the way they stand. They have a square formation, with straight front legs and firmly planted back legs, and their stout stance says, “I’m the boss.” The outer coat is quite rough, but the short inner coat is much softer. Their coloring is usually some variant of tan, with darker markings on their back and the occasional splash of white on the chest.

Airedale Terrier dogs have a flat head that gives them a strong terrier appearance, complemented by a wiry beard. In some cases, they can look very stern. One look into this dog’s dark eyes will convince you that they are intelligent, alert, and looking for something to do.

Airedale Terrier Fast Facts

10 - 13 years
19th century
~55 lb
~55 lb
Slightly less
Airedale Terier, Airdale Terrier, Airidale Terrier, or Arredale Terrier.
Bingley Terrier, Waterside Terrier


A versatile dog, the Airedale Terrier can hunt, herd, fetch, and learn tricks crazy-fast....

Since Airedale Terriers are smart, strong, and love to work, its not too surprising that they can be stubborn. A dog with that much on their plate doesnt accomplish much without a healthy drive.

Airedale Terrier puppies need a lot of training, and you have to establish whos the boss from the get-go. If they dont sense there is a boss around, they wont hesitate to step up to the plate. This could lead to them spending more time controlling you, rather than the other way around. These dogs are incredibly bright: they can learn new tricks so quickly that they might become bored doing the same repetitive thing over and over again. Some Airedale Terriers will even forget a trick what they are really thinking is, Aw, geez, this again? I aced this already.

This breed can be very protective and domineering, so teaching Airedale Terrirer puppies to play nice early and often with other dogs and people is really important. Being the big dog is super critical to them, so if they sense their alpha status is being challenged, they can become unruly or even hostile. If they are going to have another canine companion in the home, its best to pick a smaller dog so the chain of command can assert itself with minimal fuss.

Caring For a Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terriers need lots of exercise and projects for their strong bodies and keen minds....

This dog would love it if you threw open the door and let them burst into a wide open field full of smells to investigate, places to explore, and holes just begging to be dug.

The Airedale Terriers hard coat may look low-maintenance at first glance, but it actually requires combing twice a week, plus clipping and shaping to keep them clean and happy. They love to play outdoors in temperate conditions, and given their high energy levels, regular access to places to run and frolic are important. But once thats out of their system, they are happiest inside, where they can keep an eye on their people and spend time with family. Stout through-and-through, there are very few inherited diseases with the Airedale Terrier. They are an incredibly healthy breed.

Airedale Terrier History

Breed History

This dog was bred to be ready for anything....

Several breeds went into the creation of the Airedale Terrier, starting back in the 19th century. Hunters in Yorkshire wanted a breed of terrier that could swim well and had a keen sense of smell. The English Terrier was a primary contributor, sometimes called a Black and Tan Terrier. So was the Otterhound, a fantastic swimmer with a powerful nose. For cosmetic purposes, Irish and Bull Terriers were added into the mix, which resulted in the Airedale Terrier that we know and love today.

This breed found plentiful opportunities for employment at rural farms in Britain. In pursuit of even more work, some migrated to America and gained recognition from the AKC in 1888. In America, the Airedale has been a smashing success. Showered with awards and accolades, the dog has been a perennial winner of the highly sought-after Best of Breeds title in all-breeds dog shows. The famous Master Briar whose very name summons an image of a wiry-bearded, stern, hardworking Airedale Terrier is considered the forefather of his breed. Beyond farms and families, Airedale Terriers have found work as police dogs, hunting big game in Africa, and in deployment on the battlefield. Wow. But dont let their impressive resume give you the wrong impression: with a strong leader, this amazing dog makes a fantastic addition to any home with a big yard and lots to do.