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Airedale Terrier


The graceful Airedale Terrier got its start as both a hunting and a working dog, and has kept many of the traits that made it so good at its job in the first place. They are intelligent, independent and positive, making them successful guards and best buddies - IF they are trained properly. If you are not capable of being a strong master to your Airedale, you may find yourself with a bit of a troublemaker on your hands. But a well-trained Airedale is a consummate canine companion.

Adult Size

  • Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Nearly Not at All

Appropriate Environment

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Apartments

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long

Breed Group

  • Terrier Group

Coat Length

  • Medium Coat

Coat Quality

  • Wiry Coat


  • Black & Tan
  • Grizzle & Tan


  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Highly Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 21-23″

Full Grown Weight

  • 41-45lbs
  • 46-50lbs
  • 51-55lbs
  • 56-60lbs
  • 61-65lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed
  • Pretty Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Tolerates Cold Weather Well

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Tolerates Hot Weather Well

Good With Children?





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