Known as the "King of Terriers," the Airedale
Terrier rightly deserves the title. Farmers and
fishermen in the area of Yorkshire between the rivers
Aire and Wharfe, developed the breed to serve a
dual-purpose: they needed a dog that would keep
the populations of fish-eating otters and crop-eating
rats down. By crossing the Black and Tan Terrier
with the Otterhound, the ideal sporting dog was
created for the working man of the times. Although
the original dogs of the mid-1800s were a mixed
lot, their instincts were strong and true. By selectively
breeding the best from each litter, the breed was
standardized into the present-day Airedale: neat,
tidy, and pleasing to the eye as well. Recognized
in England in 1886, the Airedale made its first
appearance in North America by the end of the 19th
Century. The breed makes a good family pet and should
be exercised daily with an outdoor walk.
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Height: The height for an Airedale
Terrier is 23" (58.4cm)
Weight: The weight for an Airedale
Terrier is between 45 - 60 lbs (20.1 - 26.8 kg)
Coat Type: The coat of the Airedale
Terrier is wiry, hard, and lies close to the dog's
body. There is a shorter, denser undercoat as well.
Colors are tan and black. Grooming required includes
"hand stripping" or the occasional trimming
to maintain the terrier-look.
Temperament: The Airedale Terrier
was bred to be a hard-working dog but also enjoys
playing, especially with children.
Health Problems: The Airedale Terrier
is generally a healthy dog.
Special Interest: The
Airedale Terrier is an able swimmer and enjoys the
occasional trip to the lake.
AKC: Group 4 - Terriers
CKC: Group 4 - Terriers
KC: Sporting - Terrier Group
FCI: Group 3
ANKC: Group 2 - Terriers