Keen of expression and with a swash-buckling attitude, the Airedale Terrier is the largest of the many terrier breeds and is often referred to as the “King of Terriers.” They are probably the most versatile of all terriers, having been bred to hunt, retrieve over land and water, as well as being used as a ratter, herder, police dog, guide dog for the blind, plus messenger dog and sentry during the First World War.
Dogs – 58 to 61cm
Bitches – 56 to 59cm
It goes without saying that a dog with such multi skilled heritage excels at obedience, and is versatile in the extreme. The Airedale Terrier is noted for courage, sportsman-like qualities and infinite patience, particularly with children. The correct temperament in puppyhood is one of discretion and, when mature, a certain dignified aloofness with strangers. Within the family, the Airedale is renowned for his deep-seated loyalty, engaging personality and sweetness of disposition.
It is recommended that when two animals are kept they be of opposite sexes. This may prevent any problems of dominance on maturity.
Grooming and care
The Airedale Terrier’s coat is dense and hard with a wiry texture and a soft undercoat of hair. Their coat provides protection from chills and from the wet. A good brush with a hard brisgle or wire brush and comb with a metal wide tooth comb every week will keep the coat in good condition .During winter this will help to remove the thick dead coat which has been shed.
The coat should be groomed professionally trimmed every 4 to 5 months.
The Airedale enjoys exercise and requires a long daily walk. Without regular exercise, they enjoy digging, chewing or anything catching (there’s no better game then pulling clothes from the clothes line)