Breed Intro: Airedale Terrier Dog
The Airedale Terrier, also called Bingley Terrier and Waterside Terrier, is a dog breed of the terrier type that originated in the valley of the River Aire, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is an able sporting dog, which then became an ideal working dog, proving its worth during World War I. Intelligent, outgoing, and confident, the Airedale possesses a wonderful playful streak that delights its owners.
The Airedale has the reputation of being the largest of the Terriers. The first attempt at creating the Airedale Terrier was rumoured to be around 1853. The name Airedale Terrier was not accepted or commonly used at first, which generated much confusion. At various shows, classes were made for either one or all three names for the breed and it wasn’t until 1886, that the Kennel Club in England accepted Airedale Terrier as the official name of the breed. In 1949, the Airedale Terrier was ranked 20th in popularity by the American Kennel Club, but has since dropped in rank.
Males stand 23 inches tall and weigh about 50 to 65 pounds. Females are slightly shorter and weigh 40 to 55 pounds.
The Airedale is a hard-working, independent, and athletic dog with a lot of drive, energy and stamina. The breed is prone to digging, chasing, and barking, behaviours that come naturally to terrier breeds.
The Airedale is an active breed and it needs plenty of activities. Don’t leave him alone for long periods of time, or it is likely to become bored, which leads to destructive behaviours.
The Airedale Terrier is a working dog and has plenty of energy and stamina. It needs regular exercise — at least one walk a day, although two is preferable, coupled with a good romp in the backyard. The Airedale loves to retrieve, play, swim, and goof around. They are great jogging companions and will tire out their owners.
The Airedale Terrier is not known for extreme shedding, but it does shed certain times of the year. Regular dog grooming keeps the coat in good condition. Regular dog bathing is required. However, over-bathing is not recommended as this softens the coarse terrier coat.