The breed was named after the valley of Aire in England. The Airedale Terriers were developed from different swimming and hunting terriers to catch otter and other small animals. In the mid 19th century, these dogs are commonly used as military, police, and farm dogs. They also accompanied in many hunting expeditions to Africa, Canada, and India. Airedales have always been popular show dogs and companions.
Airedale Terriers have large, lean, and well-proportioned frames covered in wiry and bristly fur. They have long, flat heads that are somewhat narrow with small, dark eyes and v-shaped ears that fold forward. These dogs are usually groomed to have bushy, hanging bears. Their coats are usually found in tan with black and/or red markings. They can weigh between 50 to 70 pounds and grow up to 22 to 24 inches.
Airedale Terriers may look striking and huggable, but these dogs are not type to cuddle on the couch for long periods of time. These dogs are hyperactive and would love nothing more than to run, play, and dig outdoors. Airedales are perfect for the hiker, hunter or runner as they will stay with you the whole way. They are also very responsive to obedience training.
Being protective and loyal in nature, Airedales are dependable watchdogs, delivering a piercing bark and lots of intimidating, acrobatic moves. They tend to be slightly rowdy as puppies and will mellow a little as they age. Airedales have a sweet sensitivity and requires lots of love and attention.
This is a generally healthy breed that can live as long as 12 years. Some can develop hip dysplasia and skin problems.