Airedale Terrier

The stunning Airedale Terrier is the largest dog in the terrier group, and is also known as the King of Terriers.

Airedale Terrier Breed Group


Size of the Airedale Terrier


Colour Varieties of the Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier comes in just a handful of colours and markings that include:

  •  Black & Gold
  •  Black & Tan

Country of Origin

Great Britain

Airedale Terrier’s uses through History

The Airedale Terrier was originally developed in the 19th century to hunt rabbits and other small game. It was also used for herding cattle.

Size and weight of the Airedale Terrier

Height bitch 56-58cms

Height dog 56-61cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 18-20kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 23-29kgs

Exercise requirements of the Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier requires a good hour of exercise every day. It’s a big dog, requiring plenty of living space and room around the home, making it unsuitable for apartments or city living.

Airedale Terrier temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The breed is generally placid and fun loving in the home, with a slighty independent temperament. They are normally good with children, making them a good family dog.

They can sometimes be wary of other dogs, they are not familiar with. The Airedale, if socialised well from an early age, can live happily alongside cats and other smaller family pets.

Is the Airedale Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, the Airedale Terrier is intelligent and easy to train, although its size may make it impractical for homes where space is at a premium.

Airedale Terrier coat length and grooming requirements

The Airedale Terrier has a thick double coat, with an abundance of hair on the muzzle. The coat requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush, paying special attention to the muzzle area to prevent food deposits building up. The Airedale requires specialist hand stripping by a professional dog groomer twice a year.


No. The Airedale sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is a fairly hardy dog but owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issues in the breed:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eye problems
  • Skin Allergies

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Airedale Terrier

A healthy Airedale should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Airedale Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £800-£1,000 for an Airedale puppy, and litters are regularly available.There are generally 7-8 puppies in an average litter. 659 pedigree puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much an Airedale Terrier would need to be fed each day and weekly cost

A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food per day.

A dog weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day.

The cost of feeding a 20kgs bitch is around £7.00 per week.

The cost of feeding a 25kgs dog is around £8.00 per week.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the terrier group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment