A Guide to the Airedale Terrier, The King of Terriers Why This Breed is the 'King of Terriers'

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Large Breed Hip Dysplasia Pyoderma (Skin Infection) Airedale Terrier

Is This Breed Right for You?

  • 1 The Airedale Terrier temperament makes them family-orientated dogs who are friendly and easily adaptable.
  • 2 These dogs are alert and courageous which makes them perfect guardian pets.
  • 3 Daily exercise is recommended for them so they may not be the best breed for someone too busy to take them out.


The Airedale Terrier, also known as โ€œthe king of terriersโ€ and โ€œWaterside Terrier,โ€ originated in the valley (or dale) around the river of Aire in Yorkshire, England (hence Airedale). A combination of the Black and Tan Terrier (now Welsh Terrier) and the Otterhound, the Airedale Terrier has all of the vermin hunting skill of their Terrier ancestors and the swimming skill of their Otterhound side, making them a very versatile sporting dog, and earning their nickname, "king of terriers.โ€

Quick Facts

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    10-13 years

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    Hair Length

    Medium, Short

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    Male Height

    22-24 inches (56-61 cm)

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    Male Weight

    50-65 pounds (23-29 kg)

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    Female Height

    22-23 inches (56-58 cm)

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    Female Weight

    40-45 pounds (18-20 kg)

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    Litter Size

    8-12 with an average of 9 puppies per litter


The Airedale Terrier exhibits all the terrier characteristics. This breed of dog is very fun-loving, friendly, and adaptable. Airedale Terriers are extremely devoted to their family. Being an alert and courageous dog, these dogs are excellent for protection..


Airedale Terriers have a black body with tan markings on the legs, head, chest, and tail. A small white patch on the chest is acceptable as is a slight amount of red in the black parts of the body.

Health Concerns

Though a very healthy breed of dog, some Airedale Terriers are prone to:


The Airedale Terrier is an intelligent and muscular dog breed. They have long flat head, deep chest, v-shaped ears, short and wiry double coat, and a tail that is carried high. The coat comes in tan with black or dark grizzle markings. Normally, an adult Airedale Terrier can grow up to a height of 22โ€“24 inches and weigh around 40โ€“65 pounds.

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