Airedale Terrier

Terrier Group

Airedale Terrier lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

~23 in

Weight

50-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

11-14 yrs

History

The Airedale Terrier originated in the Aire Valley in northern England in the mid 1800's. They were bred at the height of the Industrial Revolution by mill workers to hunt ducks and rats. Since then, the Airedale Terrier has worked many jobs, such as with the British Armed Forces during WWI as messengers, sentries, and guard dogs; versatile hunters (waterfowl, upland game birds, and mammals); and as police dogs.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Airedale Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

★★

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Comical, playful, and often mischievous

Typical terriers that love to dig, chase animals, chew, and bark

Don't respond well to harsh training or scolding and have been known to hold grudges

Known to make collections of human artifacts, such as socks and toys

While loving and affectionate, are very independent and can be aloof at times