Airedale Terrier characteristics and what to expect when choosing an Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terriers are a breed of dog that is known for its intelligence, courage and high level of energy. They will spread happiness daily and have come a long way since hunting rats and otters. Now they have become popular pets because of their friendly disposition with people and animals alike. This article will detail everything you need to know about this amazing pup so you can decide if the Airedale Terrier is a breed for you.

Running Airedale Terrier in Gras
A running Airedale Terrier

History of Airedale Terriers

The average longevity of the Airedale Terrier is around 12 years, although some have been known to live as long as 16 years. Airedale Terriers typically weigh in the range of 22-26 kg (48-60 lbs) for males and 18-23 kg (39-50 lbs) for females. They are a relatively large breed of dog, with the male being taller than the female.

The Airedale has a distinctive 'otter' head, with dark round eyes and long ears that usually hang down to the cheeks. They have a deep chest which is broad in comparison with most breeds of dog, as well as muscular legs and feet that are rounded rather than oval-shaped like many other terriers. Their short coat has a coarse texture that comes in three main colours - black, tan and grizzle.

Grizzle is the unique colouring of Airedale Terriers with fawn or brindle hair mixed through their coats to give an overall grizzled appearance. It's this colour variation that makes them so distinctive! Because they have such thick coats, Airedales require regular grooming to prevent matting. They shed twice a year.

What is it like to live with an Airedale Terrier

Airedales are very intelligent dogs and are considered to be one of the most trainable breeds. They are also known for their high energy levels and love of playing fetch, so expect to spend plenty of time exercising your Airedale if you bring him or her home!

They are typically good with children and other animals, but as with any breed of dog, it is important to socialise them from a young age to ensure they are friendly with all people and pets.

Airedale require a lot of exercise, typically between one and two hours per day. They are not the best choice for people who live in apartments or small homes, as they need plenty of space to run around and play. A bored dog is the recipe for the naughty stuff to start.

Airedale Terriers are an affectionate and intelligent breed that make great pets for active families. They require a lot of exercise, but are well-suited to life in a house with a yard. As with all breeds of dog, it is important to do your research before bringing an Airedale into your home to ensure they are the right pet for you! With proper care an Airedale can make a great addition to any family and will probably also improve your fitness!

Airedale Terrier looking in a camera
The Airedale looks like a little teddy bear

Airedale Terrier characteristics in a nutshell

  • Intelligent breed that is easy to train

  • Require plenty of exercise (at least an hour per day)

  • Good with children

  • Can be quite stubborn, so need early training

  • Affectionate and loyal

  • A high energy dog that needs plenty of exercise

Potential diseases in the Airedale Terrier breed

While not all ADT will experience these conditions, it is important to be aware of them if you are considering adding an Airedale Terrier to your family. Some common health concerns in boxers include:

  • Cancer

  • Hip dysplasia a condition in which the hip joint does not develop normally, often causing pain and lameness.

  • Elbow dysplasia: a condition in which the elbow joint does not develop normally, often leading to lameness.

All potential dog owners should do their research on the breed they are interested in before bringing a dog into their home, to ensure they are prepared for any potential health issues, especially the financial impacts of the health issues.

Many dog owners are unaware of the danger in some pet toys and accessories that can worsen health issues, when they innocently buy cheap products from the Far East. Avoid synthetic rubber play things like chew bones or tug o' war ropes from polyester; polyester collars could cause skin irritation while nylon leads absorb into your pup's skin over time! Swap out those harmful materials with our eco friendly pet products alternatives here at Hooman’s Friend.

What else?

An Airedale Terrier named Jack received the Victoria Cross, the highest honour in the United Kingdom for his heroic mission in delivering a message from a cut off battalion. Despite being severely injured himself, Jack managed to deliver the message and save the battalion. Unfortunately, Jack later died due to the injuries he suffered during his mission. A true hero dog.

Hear the voices of owners

"They are just so full of love...but still head strong.
Like a real living teddy bear...when they sit, they are full of pride, they have this manner..."royalty like"...almost. They are not like everyday ordinary dog breeds.... they are special"

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