The Airedale Terrier is a descendant of the now extinct Black and Tan Terrier. They were developed in the 19th century in the Airedale and Wharfedale areas of Yorkshire by local otter hunters who wanted a terrier to work with otter and vermin and to double as a guard Dog.
The Airedale is a well-built, muscular Dog with a dense coat which lies straight and close to the body. They are intelligent, outgoing, and confident family friendly Dogs with lots of energy.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Regular brushing keeps the coat in good condition (once or twice a week), and periodic bathing as needed (over-bathing is not recommended, as this softens the coarse terrier coat).
- Coat Type: he handsome coat of the Airedale Terrier has two layers: a topcoat, which is dense and wiry, and an undercoat, which is short and soft.
- Moulting: The Airedale Terrier is not known for extreme shedding, but he does shed certain times of the year.
- Exercise Needs: Mental stimulation (hunting, obedience, agility, playing games) is essential for this thinking breed. You can't just leave him alone all day or stick him outside and hope that he'll lie down quietly and be happy.
- Average Life Span: 10 to 13 years
- Family: They enjoy life the most when there is a job to be done, even if it is simply entertaining children, with whom he gets along splendidly.
- Temperament: A rowdy handful as a puppy, the Airedale Terrier matures into a dignified, self-assured, courageous adult.
- Trainability: Airedales are very intelligent and are amenable to training. They are adaptable and versatile.
- Sociability (Other Pets): They are not very aggressive towards other Dogs but will stand their ground if challenged.
- Barking: Similar to other Terriers, the Airedale has a tendency to bark. This need is amplified when they are not paid enough attention to, so spending ample time with them can reduce barking.
Airedales have a natural inclination for digging, as well as chasing small animals. They are great for retrieval.
Remarkably, the Airedale is normally a fit healthy Dog who rarely requires to visit the vet other than for annual health checks and vaccinations. The main thing to note is that Airedales shed their coats twice a year and on these occasions it is advisable to have them professionally stripped. That, and keeping your Airedale active and attended to are of prime importance.