Airedale Terrier Dog Breed Information

A member of the Terrier group, the Airedale Terrier is the AKC’s 55th most popular dog breed. Known to be brave and inquisitive, these medium-sized dogs are as versatile as they are intelligent. If you are seeking a new canine companion, here is what you need to know about Airedale Terriers.

A Little History

In the 1800s, the Airedale Terrier was bred to hunt ducks and rats in a manufacturing community in Aire Valley, England. Otterhounds were cross-bred with several terrier breeds, Setters and even Retrievers. Many Airedale Terriers accompanied the British Armed Forces during the First World War as guard dogs, messengers, and sentries. Perhaps one of the most versatile breeds, these canines have been employed as soldiers, actors, athletes, and even presidential pets. In fact, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, and Calvin Coolidge all accompanied Airedales Terriers in the White House.

What are Airedale Terriers Like?

With long snouts and limbs, these canines are built to hunt, combining considerable strength with excellent athleticism. Weighing between 50 and 70 pounds, and standing around 23 inches high, this unique breed can be recognized almost instantly by most dog lovers. Either Black or Grizzle with Tan, their coats are short and wiry, complimented by a sophisticated beard and moustache.

Among the most courageous of breeds, the Airedale Terrier does not back-down from a challenge. As a result, they can sometime clash with other larger or alpha dogs, though they generally get along well with other terriers and smaller dogs. Because they are strong and active, they can sometimes play too rough with small children, however they are protective pack-mates, and make affectionate and loyal companions.

Caring for Airedale Terriers

Airedales are very active, and require a significant amount of daily exercise. Pet parents can accommodate this need with long walks and fun games. Expect to brush your Airedale Terries up to three times each week, with moderate grooming and shaping every two to three weeks. While they are capable of withstanding cool climates, they prefer to live indoors. Occasional baths help maintain a healthy coat, and routine tooth brushing helps prevent dental and gum disease.

Most Airedale Terriers live between 11 and 14 years. This breed is prone to certain health conditions such as canine hip dysplasia (CHD), gastric torsion, and hypothyroidism1. Regular visits with a veterinarian help to monitor for warning signs of health conditions.

The Cost

Most breeders charge between $1,000 and $2,000 for a purebred Airedale Terrier. Expect to spend about $1,200 the first year for supplies and routine care, and another $500 each year after that.

For severe CHD, surgical intervention may cost anywhere from $1,700 to over $4,500. Likewise, surgery to treat gastric torsion ranges between $2,500 and $5,000. With a policy from 4Paws Insurance, you can worry less about the cost when making critical veterinary decisions, and focus more on your pet’s health.

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Fun fact: The Airedale Terrier is known as the “King of Terriers.” Most people just call them Airedale for short. They are also sometimes called Bingley Terriers or Waterside Terriers. They are highly intelligent, with loads of energy, and are easy to train. They love to dig, bark, and chase prey, and tend to hold a grudge. They do well with consistent obedience training, and make excellent jogging companions.  While they enjoy the outdoors, they are better equipped to live inside, but I would suggest crating them when you are not home as they love to chew just about anything. 1