Airedale Terrier
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23 inches
50 to 70 pounds
Dense and wiry
Tan and black, tan and grizzle
Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Hunting Tests, Police Work

The Airedale Terrier originated in the Valley of Aire in England, where factory workers bred them to be good hunters, as well as strong, intelligent guard dogs and companions.


A sturdy breed with a hard, wiry coat and a “can-do” attitude, the multitalented Airedale Terrier has played roles in police work, rodent control and hunting game. Patient with children and a bold, determined protector, he is also a wonderful family pet. 

Airedales are all-around athletes, always ready for family activities and sports. 


The Airedale is the king of the Terrier group. His dense, wiry coat showcases distinctive markings of black and tan, and his alert, bearded face is framed by alert, folded ears. 

Airedales move like royalty, with a graceful, confident gait. 


11 to 14 years


The Airedale Terrier’s coat is a combination of either black and tan or grizzle and tan.


Weekly brushing of the Airedale Terrier’s short, wiry coat keeps shedding to a minimum. Otherwise this breed is low shedding.
Full grooming, including bathing, brushing and clipping, should be done three to four times a year.


Airedale Terriers are a generally healthy breed. Responsible breeders check for hip dysplasia. 

Best Dog Food for Airedale Terrier Dogs & Puppies

Airedale Terriers may benefit from a quality adult dog food. For Airedales who need help with weight management, consider a healthy weight formula. 

Airedale puppies should eat puppy food for their first year of life to aid in their growth and development.  


The king of Terriers, the Airedale Terrier’s history ironically started not with royalty, but with working class breeders—factory hands and mill workers who wanted dogs to hunt ducks and rats. Several breeds are involved in the Airedale’s family tree, among them the Otterhound, Irish Terrier and Bedlington Terrier. 

Airedales have done an outstanding job in many roles throughout history. During World War I they served as messengers for the British Armed Forces. In America they gained fame as “triple-threat” hunting dogs for their ability to work with waterfowl, upland game birds and furred prey. 

With jobs ranging from ratter to big-game hunter, from warrior to herder, from K-9 cop to babysitter, time and time again this breed has proven its versatility.  


  • Among famous Airedale Terrier owners are Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge and author John Steinbeck.
  • The Airedale Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1888.
  • The Airedale was one of the first breeds used by police in Germany and Great Britain.