Personality:Clever, confident, proud; friendly but courageous
Coat & Grooming:The wiry coat requires a few grooming sessions a year, weekly brushing and combing
Energy Level:Very Active; A spirited do-it-all breed, Airedales thrive on physical challenges and mental stimulation
Nicknames: Airedale; King of Terriers
Meet the Airedale Terrier
The sturdy Airedale is the largest of all terriers. Males stand about 23 inches at the shoulder; females are a bit smaller. The wire coat is tan with dark markings. Rangy but muscular legs give Airedales a regal lift in their bearing, and the long head—with its sporty beard and mustache, expressive eyes, and neatly folded ears—conveys a keen intelligence. Airedales are the picture of an alert and willing terrier—and then some.
What's Their Story?
In the mid-1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, the Aire Valley’s factory hands and mill workers crossed several British breeds to create tough, tireless Airedales in their own image. (It’s a neat irony that the King of Terriers was conceived not by noblemen but by workingmen.) The breed’s versatility is astounding: ratter, duck retriever, big-game hunter, herder, guardian, warrior, cop, entertainer, and athlete are just a few job titles that crowd the Airedale résumé. See more Airedale Terrier photos here
To strangers, Airedales present the dignity and pride expected in a king. With loved ones, they let their wire hair down and show a silly, playful side. Airedales insist on being part of the action and are game for any conceivable family activity. They enjoy romping with kids and, despite their friendly nature, make excellent watchdogs. “They never start a fight,” goes the old saying, “but will always finish one.” Ample exercise and plenty of family time are key to Airedale happiness.