- Dog Breed Group
- Terrier Dogs
- Origin of Breed
- Life Expectancy
- 12 to 14 years
- Black/Tan, saddled
- Hard, dense, wiry outercoat; softer undercoat.
- Exercise Needs
- Four exercise periods totaling 80 minutes per day. Does best in suburbs or rural regions.
- Versatile, Sensible, Intelligent, Reliable, Responsive
- Good with Children
- Good with children if raised with them
- Grooming Needs
- Low Shedder. Brush 3 times per week. Needs professional trimming, clipping, or stripping 4 times per year
- Average Size - Male (in)
- Average Size - Female (in)
- Average Weight - Male (lbs)
- Average Weight - Female (lbs)
- Health Issues
- May suffer from eye problems, hip dysplasia and skin infections.v
- Living Conditions
- Needs early socialization as well as firm, but fair, obedience training.
The largest of the terriers, the Airedale probably descended from the otterhound and an extinct broken-haired dog, the black-and-tan Old English terrier. The Airedale stands about 23 inches (58 cm) and usually weighs from 40 to 50 pounds (18 to 23 kg). It has a boxy appearance, with a long, squared muzzle; in profile, the line of the forehead extends straight to the nose. Its coat is dense and wiry, with a black saddle and with tan legs, muzzle, and underparts. Intelligent and courageous, powerful and affectionate, though reserved with strangers, it has been used as a wartime dispatch carrier, police dog, guard, and big-game hunter. It is nicknamed "king of the terriers."
The Airedale can make an excellent family dog as it is generally very sociable with people and other dogs, and is slow to anger.
The Airedale's excellent sense of smell provided the English and German police forces with an excellent early recruit for their tracking services.
The Airedale was first used to hunt badgers and otters.
The Airedale is also known as the Waterside Terrier and the Bingley Terrier.
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