Dog Breeds 101: Airedale Terrier

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The Airedale Terrier is the largest Terrier and has been referred to as the King of Terriers. Today, they are also known as the Bingley Terrier, or the Waterside Terrier.

The Airedale was first bred in England. Yorkshire hunters wanted to produce a dog that would be able to hunt a diverse array of game. In order to achieve this, they crossed the old English Terrier (now extinct) and the Otterhound. The former provided the dog with Terrier instincts, while the latter ensured excellent scent detection and swimming capabilities. [1]

For centuries, the Airedale Terrier was bred to work as a hunter and as a police dog. Today, they are considered to be among the best companion dogs, although they still often work as tracking and hunting dogs.

This dog is known for its long legs that further enhance their agility and strength. They have a deep chest, broad ribs and large feet. [2] This breed’s coat is described as wiry, hard, and dense. This dog may be found in a variety of colors such as grizzle, tan and black. [3]

Although they make wonderful companions at home, Airedale Terriers are not comfortable in apartments. Considering the fact that these dogs were bred to perform various tasks, they need plenty of stimulation and exercise. Thus, they have to live in houses with relatively large backyards. When left at home without adequate exercise and attention, the breed may become bored and restless.

Most Airedales get along with children as long as they are socialized and trained to be gentle with them. Most of them love to swim and play. Also, they are known to be courageous, protective, and loyal to their owners. They can also be fairly friendly towards strangers. However, it should be noted that Airedales react negatively to harsh treatment. In fact, they tend to hold grudges against their aggressors.

Most of the time, Airedales are intelligent, but can be headstrong and stubborn without proper and adequate training. [3] Also, the breed is noted for being independent. This dog will not always wait for its owner’s instructions before acting. Nonetheless, they hope to please their owners.

An Airedale Terrier needs regular grooming in order to stay healthy. These dogs are expected to live 10 – 12 years on average.


[1] Richard Braxton, Understanding and Training Your Airedale Terrier Dog and Puppy to Be Good (vince stead, 2012).

[2] Various, The Airedale Terrier – A Complete Anthology of the Dog – (Read Books Ltd, n.d.).



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