An Airedale is is the quintessential
terrier in an extra large package
with an extra dose of humor!
Airedales can be good pets for an active family with time for a dog. While rescue is a great choice for family who would like a previously housebroken dog, families with young children may want to consider a puppy- since dogs raised with children are much less likely to fear or play inappropriate with children. An Airedale is not a good choice if you work long hours or aren’t very active. An Airedale Terrier can quickly become destructive if crated too much and exercised too little.
The Airedale Terrier was bred as a working dog and in the past was a favorite breed for police work. The Airedale still considers himself a working dog and enjoys having a “job”, even if that job is agility, obedience work, or entertaining children with tricks.
If raised with love and a firm hand, an Airedale Terrier is an intensely loyal, protective, and fun-loving companion.
Grooming Needs: Airedales should be brushed weekly and most owners choose to have the dog groomed every 6-8 weeks. (A long coat requires more frequent brushing, but some owners prefer the “teddy bear” look of a unclipped Airedale) A show Airedale is “stripped” of his undercoat, but Airedales as pets are usually clipped. In most areas of the U.S. It is difficult to locate a breeder experienced in grooming Airedales. Airedale Terriers shed little, if any, and should not be bathed too frequently.
Size: A healthy Airedale will be approximately 22-24 inches at the shoulder. Be cautious of breeders boasting that they breed extra large or “Oorang” Airedales – the breed standard is 22-24 inches. To purposefully breed a dog outside of the breed standard is questionably ethical in our opinion, and may be done well only by an exceptionally well informed breeder with a specific purpose and exceptionally high breeding standards- rather than selecting breeding stock based only on size in order to create puppies for a more specialized, and thus more valuable, market. Oorang type Airedales were developed during the 1930’s when Airedales were farmed like livestock, dogs of this size may genetically carry the medical and behavioral problems associated with the 1930’s Airedale. If you are looking for an extra large we advocate checking with Airedale rescue groups first. After all, adopting an adult Airedale guarantees your size preferences will be met, while purchasing a puppy, even from parents of a size you like, does not guarantee the adult size your puppy will mature to.
If you plan to bring an Airedale into your home you will be doing yourself and your new companion a favor by researching the breed further. We recommend the books pictured on this page.