Dog breeds: the Airedale Terrier

Dog breeds: discover the biggest Terrier, the Airedale Terrier!

Dog breeds: discover the biggest Terrier, the Airedale Terrier!

The Airedale Terrier is called the “King of Terriers” because of its large size. This beautiful dog is originated from the River Aille Valley in Yorkshire, England. It is a playful mutt that is always the delight of its owners. Learn more about the Airedale Terrier below.


It is easy to see now why the name “Airedale“. The working class created this breed during the mid-19th century. They crossed the English rough-coated Black and the Welsh Terrier (which was known as Tan Terrier back then.). It was created for the hunting of rats and otters in the land between the Aire and Wharfe Rivers.

Physical Characteristics

This is the biggest of the terriers. Males are usually 23-24 inches tall and females are slightly shorter. They weigh 40 to 65 pounds. They have a hard coat, wiry in appearance. The undercoat might appear softer. Since it does not shed, the Airedale Terrier needs to be clipped at least three times a year.


This is an athletic dog, ready for action, and very energetic. If you are planning on owning one, you should consider that they are usually very independent and display undesired behaviors. These include digging, barking, and chasing.
The one way to keep him from such unwanted behavior is to keep him active. This is a great companion dog that you can take for a jog. He is very protective of his family and pretty fierce with strangers.

Caring for an Airedale Terrier

This breed is a working one. Take him out for a periodic walks as he might get bored. As stated before, he can join you on a long walk and might actually tire you. Keep the dog active as much as possible.


As with any other dog, training of the Airedale Terries should start at an early age. You can train him to obey orders. However, consider that he has a mind of his own and will wind up doing what he feels is best for him.


The dog is usually pretty healthy and you should not have any major problems with him. This, of course, if you obtain it from a breeder that has pedigree information on a dog´s parents.

If you are planning on adopting an Airedale Terrier, make sure you are aware of all the needs this beautiful mutt has. Contact us here at Dogalize if you would like to hear more.