Description: This breed is tough on itself and very loyal to its owner/handler. Airedales are playful, watchful, and active and can be stubborn. That with their intelligence level and quick perception of what they're being taught mandates that training exercises challenge the dog. Airedales will become disobedient when bored with the same tasks.
Training Airedales can be a challenge because of their tendency to get so fixated on something that they'll tune out everything else -- including their owner/handler.
Airedales must be shown lots of love or else they'll become visibly depressed and very destructive. These dogs can become too serious.
Other Names: Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier
Height: 23 inches
Weight: 44 - 50 lbs.
Colors: Body-saddle, top of neck and top surface of tail, black or grizzle, all other parts tan.
Coat: Hard, dense and wiry with a soft undercoat.
Temperament: Intelligent, responsive, loyal.
With Children: Yes, if the children are mature enough
With Pets: Yes
Care and Training: Brush with a stiff bristle brush to remove dead hair three times a week. Minimal trimming. Bathe only when necessary. Should be hand-stripped twice a year. Needs daily exercise. Responsive to training and the easiest to train of all terriers.
Learning Rate: High intelligence.
Living Environment: House with a fenced yard; daily exercise and attention.
Health Issues: May suffer from eye problems, hip dysplasia and skin infections
Life Span: 12 -14
Litter Size: 5 - 12
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: He was originally known as the Waterside Terrier and sometimes the Bingley Terrier. Named after the Valley of Aire in Yorkshire, England he was derived from crossing the old English black and tan terrier with the Otterhound. Used in the 19th century for big game hunting, vermin killing and police and military work.