Airedale Terrier


Known as the “King of Terriers,” the Airedale is the largest of the group. Like other Terriers, it is believed to be a descendant of the extinct Old English Terrier. English hunters fancied its versatile hunting skills (badger, otter, and fox are just a few of the breed’s quarry). The Airedale’s intelligence, protective nature, and looks earned it many admirers when it was imported to the U.S. Whether companion, police dog, show dog, or hunter, the Airedale is truly a champion.


Medium to large; males 23 inches, females slightly smaller; 45 to 70 pounds.


Tan with black.


Bold, adventurous, intelligent; can be headstrong. Good ability to learn, if things are kept fun and interesting. Protective; some can be domineering.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Outdoorsy owner in a suburban or rural home.


Daily vigorous exercise (long walks, hunting excursion), leash, obedience training, plenty of interaction, twice weekly combing plus scissoring and shaping.

Life expectancy:

10 to 13 years.