Males 23 inches (58.5 cm), females slightly less
Double coat; outercoat is wiry, hard and dense, with a bit of a curl; undercoat is soft and downy.
The developers of the Airedale Terrier wanted the smartest, quickest, bravest dog in the right package. As a result, the Airedale has a big personality that borders on cocky, but those who know him well know his soft side, and he is generous with his affection for his family. Brassy, bold, playful, smart and willful are all traits that describe this breed.
Although the largest of the terriers, the Airedale is a medium-sized dog who can adjust to just about any living situation provided he's given the proper outlet for his energy. He is a natural guardian who will alert his owner to strangers. The Airedale enjoys a securely fenced-in area where he can run off lead. He loves to "garden" and will welcome a spot where he can dig to his heart's content.
This is a truly versatile dog who can do well in agility, rally, hunting and obedience. He also makes a good jogging partner and enjoys a variety of other fun outdoor activities where he can be with you.
An intelligent, energetic and curious dog, the Airedale needs several brisk walks a day.
A high-quality food that contains a good protein source is best for your Airedale Terrier.
The smart, quick-thinking Airedale becomes bored with repeated requests, which may lead you to believe that he's difficult to train. The trick is to drop your expectations, accept him for the dog he is and make training interesting. He'll get it, he'll get you in the process and you will both be very happy.
Airedales get along very well with children and are generally compatible with other pets, including cats and dogs.
The average life span of the Airedale Terrier is 10 to 13 years. Breed health concerns may include cancer; hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; skin problems; and urologic problems.
Like most terriers, the Airedale is partially nonshedding, but he requires specialized grooming to craft the look he sports in the show ring. This can be approximated by clipping his coat. He must be brushed daily to help loosen and remove dead hairs; if left untended, the Airedale becomes shaggy and unkempt. Fairly intensive grooming is a lifelong requirement.
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