Height: 22-23 inches
Weight: 45-50 lbs.
Life Span: 12-14 yrs.
Breed Group: Terriers
The Airedale terrier is known for its playfulness and courage, as well as
its love of and patience with children. It can, however, be stubborn and
may challenge its owners for dominance in the "pack."
It may also be aggressive with other dogs. Obedience training and socialization
are highly recommended at an early age.
The Airedale is a first-class watchdog, wary of strangers at first but ready
to befriend them if encouraged by its owners.
The Airedale's outercoat is wiry and its undercoat is soft. The color can
be tan and black or tan and dark gray. The head, ears, and beard are always
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Grooming requirements are minimal. Show dogs need stripping (removing old
hair by hand) and pets require occasional clipping.
Daily vigorous exercise, such as a few long, brisk walks and a couple of
aerobic play sessions, will help keep the Airedale happy.
The Airedale terrier originated in the 19th century in Yorkshire, England,
along the Aire River, when a black-and-tan terrier (now extinct) was crossed
with an otter hound. The result was a fearless, tenacious dog (terrier)
that loved cold water (otter hound).
Breed-related health concerns: malignant tumors, such as lymphoma,
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club