Commonly considered to be the King of terriers, the Airedale Terrier weighs an average 40-70lbs and stands roughly 20-25 inches at the shoulders. Airedales live 10-13 years on average and admired for their beauty and brains.
This breed originated in England and was used for large game hunting, killing vermin, and today excels in police and military work in many countries due to their intelligence and courage.
The Airedale is a stunning dog that is super smart, eager to please, devoted, loyal, and has a keen sense of humor. This large breed is extremely affectionate, is an excellent watchdog and excels in many dog sports and activities. The Airedale does well in many lifestyle options as long as his owner is willing to ensure that he is a part of all of the family activities as this is a breed that craves human attention and does best when he is loved and adored by his family. In return, he will provide you with years of loyal admiration and love. Although considered to be good with children, this is a large breed that is very bouncy and happy so early training and socialization is important to ensure that he is gentle with his interactions with small children and other animals.
The Airedale is an active breed that loves to romp and play and is eager to learn obedience and pretty much any dog sport you wish to share with him. Swimming and hiking are good activities for this breed and he is will enjoy all seasonal activities, from snow covered hills to sunny beaches.
His coat is wiry and coarse which is typical for a terrier but is considered both very minimal shedding and hypo-allergenic, making this breed a good choice for many allergy sufferers as well as those that don't want to do a lot of vacuuming. The coat is easily maintained through regular professional grooming or, consistent brushing sessions with a stiff brush to prevent matting and tangling of the coat.