Airedale Terrier is a fascinating breed of dog.
Intelligent, eager to please, comical, protective,
and a great companion are all ways in which this
breed could be described. For some reason, there are
people who will never even consider the Airedale
when shopping around for a new puppy, which is a
real shame since the breed has much to offer. To
help you understand this particular breed better, we
have pulled the 10 most common asked questions
together with answers pertaining to each.
1. What is the Airedale Terrier’s background?
This breed is actually a hunting and working dog
although it also makes an exceptional family pet.
The first Airedale club in the United States was
founded in 1985, as a means of promoting the
outstanding abilities of the breed. The bottom line
is that the Airedale Terrier is a very talented dog,
used primarily for flushing out birds and small
animals for the master.
2. Is the Airedale Terrier used for special
Absolutely – the Airedale is a larger breed dog, one
that is highly intelligent, devoted, and strong. For
this reason, we also see this breed used for search
and rescue. In fact, you will find a number of
search and rescue organizations around the country
specifically focusing on training for the Airedale,
and with amazing results.
3. How big does the Airedale Terrier get?
Interestingly, most people think of all terriers are
being small to medium-size dogs but in the case of
the Airedale, the breed is larger. For example, a
typical male at full maturity will measure 23 to 24
inches at the withers and weigh in around 55 to 65
pounds. The females are also on the larger side with
a height of 21 to 22 inches and weight between 45
and 55 pounds.
4. What is the best way to choose a breeder for
the Airedale Terrier?
As with any dog, you want to do research on a number
of breeders prior to making your final decision.
Specifically for an Airedale, which can be
strong-headed and determined, you want a breeder
that specializes in this breed, one that understands
the importance of early socialization, and a breeder
that is open and willing to answer any question you
may have with backup documentation if needed.
5. Would and Airedale Terrier be a good choice
for a home with children?
Yes – typically, the Airedale is great with children
of all ages. Just remember that all children,
especially smaller ones need to be taught how to
respect a dog. Although Airedale Terriers are very
patient and gentle with children, most do not like
having a child’s face in their face while eating or
sleeping, or having the tail or ears pulled.
Therefore, in addition to having the puppy
socialized to be aware of the children, you also
want to teach the children how to respect the puppy.
Although an Airedale Terrier is trustworthy around
any age children, many breeders recommend older
6. Does an Airedale make a better inside or
You will find that your Airedale Terrier loves
spending time outside. This breed has a curious
nature, which means it loves to investigate. It is
important that you provide your dog adequate outdoor
time everyday, not just for doing his business but
also for play and training. However, we strongly
suggest you keep this breed indoors at night.
Because of the hair and skin of the Airedale, you
might find problems with itchy or infected skin
7. My son has horrible allergies – is the
Airedale a good choice?
In most cases, people with allergies or asthma do
very well with an Airedale. Because this breed is
groomed on a regular basis, both skin and hair is
clean. Additionally, since it is recommended the
Airedale sleep indoors, many of the outside
irritants are left outside. While you cannot be 100%
sure your son would not react, chances are he would
have a much better chance with an Airedale than many
8. I would like to buy a mature Airedale but I’m
worried she may not adapt well – do you have any
The good news here is that Airedale Terriers as a
whole are very flexible and adaptable. Therefore,
with time and patience, helping her become aware of
her new surroundings, she would likely do just fine.
The only consideration would be an introduction into
a home with children or other animals if she had not
lived in one before. However, making the process of
incorporation slow and supervised, the Airedale
would probably settle into her new home without any
9. What is the best way to potty-train my
Most everyone has a preferred method for potty
training a dog but we personally recommend crate
training. In addition to teaching the dog restraint,
the crate also becomes a safe haven. For this
method, you would need to make sure you take the dog
out early in the morning and when he does his
business offer him praise. He would also need to be
taken out as often during the day as possible, and
then again at night just before bed. Keep in mind
that positive reinforcement with an Airedale Terrier
will go a long way.
10. Do Airedale Terriers get along with other
They can but it usually requires some work. This
breed naturally becomes aggressive toward other
dogs. If your Airedale is worked with while young
and socialized with other dogs, he will probably be
okay. However, as he matures, you want to keep our
eyes open for any signs of potential trouble.