Size: 40 – 65 pounds
Colors: black and tan or grizzle and tan
Health problems: hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, gastric dilatation-volvulus
Life span: Up to 12 years.
Named for the valley of Aire in England, the Airedale terrier developed from a smaller terrier that is now extinct (the Waterside or Bingley terrier).
Originally Airedale terriers were hunters, messengers or guard dogs.
The largest terrier in the world, Airedales are full of energy, very brave, square in stature with deep chests. Smart and protective, Airedales can become unsociable and unruly without proper patient and consistent training. However, they do better with older children.
Airedales have wiry top coats with a soft undercoat. They are not known to shed excessively, but their coats do require a lot of attention — regular haircuts and brushing.
With a high energy level, Airedales require a lot of exercise. The more you can handle, the better. Keep in mind, with this high level of physical activity requirement, they also need the same amount of mental stimulation.