Basics of Dog Breed : Airedale Terrier

Posted on September 20 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is a robust, medium-sized dog, with longer legs than other burrows, but without seeming disproportionate. Muscular and lively, he has a clear sense of determination through his eyes and his attitude.

Breed Information:

Other names: Bingley Terrier, Warfedale Terrier, Waterside Terrier, Working Terrier
Origin:  Britain
FCI Group: warren
FCI number: 7
Hair type: Half-long
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The Airedale Terrier is a breed originally from York County (Yorkshire) in Britain , where it seems to have been used since the mid-19th century. Most likely from the cross between the Otterhound and Old English Black , with a contribution of Bull Terrier , it was used in particular for hunting otters and rats. His strong sense of flair, determination and alertness quickly gave him the nickname "King of Burrows". The British and Russian armed forces frequently used it for these same qualities. The Airedale Terrier breed was finally recognized by the CFI on May 28, 1963. Its current standard was published on October 8, 2012.

Physical characteristics

His hair: hard, dense, not too long, in wire, lying straight and tight, embossed or slightly wavy in places, associated with a short and soft undercoat. 
Its color: black or graying at the level of the mantle, fire on the rest of the body, with darker shades, even charmed on the ears, around the neck and on the sides of the head. 
Her head: elongated, well proportioned and without wrinkles. The skull is long and flat, the stop is barely visible. 
Her ears: small, V-shaped and worn on the side. 
His eyes: relatively small, dark in color, displaying liveliness and intelligence. 
His body: short back, straight and strong, muscular kidney and chest well down without being wide.
His tail: tied high, strong and carried happily. It was shortened in the past, but this practice is less and less common.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 17 kg and 22 kg Between 56 cm and 59 cm
Male Between 18 kg and 24 kg Between 58 cm and 61 cm

An Airedale Terrier dog is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

The Airedale Terrier is an alert dog, energetic and active . Animated by a great vivacity and a remarkable intelligence , he likes to work and to please his master . Obedience, however, is not his forte. Alert, confident and courageous, he is a good watchdog , but his favorite field is hunting. At home, he is sociable and friendly with children . Faithful to the reputation of the Terriers, he has trouble getting along with his peers.


For this kind of active and not particularly docile dog , it is necessary to apply a firm education and a strong socialization . However, it is not a question of establishing a balance of power, but rather of showing the dog the limits not to cross and to prevent him from challenging your status as a master. Well educated and socialized, the Airedale Terrier becomes a pleasant companion, hunting and at home.


The Airedale Terrier is a particularly resistant dog . Although he does not fear climatic harshness, he is one of the breeds likely to suffer from dysplasia of the hip and elbow , as well as torsion of the stomach .

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Airedale Terrier is not subject to seasonal moults. He loses little hair and, apart from his grooming, does not require tedious maintenance.


2 or 3 sessions of grooming a year  allow to preserve the health of the hair and the skin so that these can hold their protective role. This care includes hair removal.

Physical activity

The Airedale Terrier needs a  lot of exercise to spend , in addition to long walks daily or even twice daily. Hunter in the soul, this dog appreciates to be able to evolve freely in large spaces when it has the opportunity.

Living conditions

The Airedale Terrier is basically a country dog , but he can just as easily live in the apartment if he takes full advantage of his outings and exercises. It would be appropriate for an active, sporty, available person who knows how to educate him adequately to channel his passion and mitigate his dominating character. Otherwise, he would always try to take over and be belligerent vis-à-vis his peers, including those of the same sex.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 800 € 1100 €

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