|Breed Name: Airedale Terrier
|Dog Group: The Terriers
|Dog Class: Large
|Expected Lifespan: 10-13 years
|General Description: There is perhaps no
breed of dog that has been
improved so much as the Airedale. This beautiful animal can be used as
a working dog and also as a hunter. They exhibit some herding
characteristics, have a
propensity to chase animals and have no problem working with cattle
and livestock. Strong-willed, with the tenacity
commonly seen in terriers, Airedale has been bred to hunt
independently. This active dog with great sense of humor is excellent, entertaining company for the owners who
laugh along with their
those who don't appreciate being outsmarted by their dog, owning an
Airedale can be a trying experience.
|Temperament: The Airedale Terrier is very intelligent,
strong-minded, stoic dog with a
great sense of humor and sometimes can be stubborn.
|Grooming Requirements: Coat needs combing twice weekly and
scissoring and shaping every one to two months.
|Exercise Requirements: Very energetic, and need plenty
|Ideal Living Conditions: Airedale is excellent companion
dog, incomparable guard and also very faithful, reliable and protective
family pet, always in the middle of the family
|Common Health & Behavioral
Airedales suffer from eye diseases, such as congenital retina
can be affected by hip dysplasia and like most terriers, they have a
propensity towards dermatitis.
up what is wanted from them very quickly, but by being smart, they do
to keep repeating what they learned and can try to terminate a training
session at the point when they "got it", which very often make them difficult to
Breed Standard: The Airedale is very handsome creature,
possessing all the points that go to make a really first-class terrier
of taking colour, symmetrical build, full of character and "go," amply
justifying--in looks, at any rate--its existence as a terrier. When in
movement, the legs should be carried straight forward, the forelegs
being perpendicular and parallel with the sides. The propulsive power
is furnished by the hind legs, perfection of action being found in the
Terrier possessing long thighs and muscular second thighs well bent at
the stifles, which admit of a strong forward tust or snatch of the
|Head: Long, with flat skull, but not
too broad between the ears,
narrowing slightly to the eyes, free from wrinkle; stop hardly
visible, and cheeks free from fullness; the nose black; the eyes small
and dark in colour, not prominent, and full of terrier expression.
|Ears: Should be V-shaped with a side carriage, small, but
not out of proportion to the size of the dog.
deep and powerful with normal 'scissors bite', where the top teeth
close over the bottom,
well filled up before the eyes; lips light;
neck should be of moderate length and thickness, gradually widening
towards the shoulders and free from throatiness.
|Shoulders and Chest: Shoulders long
and sloping well into the back, shoulder-blades flat, chest deep,
but not broad.
|Hindquarters: Strong and muscular,
with no drop; hocks well
let down; the tail set on high and carried gaily, but not curled over
|Legs and Feet: Legs perfectly
straight, with plenty of bone;
feet small and round with good depth of pad.
| Body: Back short, strong and straight; ribs
|Weigh and Size: Approximately 50 to
70 pounds, being active, agile enough to
perform well, while not too small to function as a physical deterrent,
retriever or hunter. Airedale terrier males should measure
approximately 23 inches in height
at the shoulder; bitches, slightly less. There is no mention of a
specific weight, although the standard states that Both sexes should be
sturdy, well muscled and boned. At 23 to 24 inches. Some breeders have
produced larger Airedale
Terriers, such as as the 'Oorang Airedale', developed in the 1920s.
|Colour: The head
and ears, with the exception of dark markings on each side of the
skull, should be tan, the ears being a darker shade than the rest, the legs up
to the thigh and elbows being also tan, the body black or dark grizzle.
|Coat: Hard and wiry, and not so long as to
appear ragged; it should also be straight and
close, covering the dog well over the body and legs.
Airedale is not of ancient origin. He was probably first heard
of about the year 1850. Yorkshire, more especially that part of it
round and about the town
of Otley, is responsible for the birth of the Airedale. The Airedale is
undoubtedly the product of the
Otterhound and the old Black and Tan wire-haired terrier referred
to in the chapters on the wire-hair Fox and the Welsh Terriers. When
one considers the magnificent nobleness, the great sagacity, courage,
and stateliness of the Otterhound, the great gameness, cheek, and
pertinacity of the old Black and Tan wire-hair, such a cross must
surely produce an animal of excellent type and character.
|Note: The Airedale Terrier was
originally named Waterside Terrier. After this they went
by the name of Bingley Terriers, and eventually they came to be known
under their present appellation.