Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier: the versatile working dog from the Airedales

Often referred to as the "King of Terriers", the Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds and is known for its versatility, intelligence and distinctive personality. Originally from the Airedales of West Yorkshire, England, this breed is as at home on a farm as it is in a city flat, always ready for the next adventure.


The Airedale terrier originated in the mid-1800s in the Airedale, West Yorkshire, England. It was bred to combine incredible hunting skills with strength and courage, with the ability to swim and find prey in water and on land. The breed quickly became popular and is loved today for its versatility, intelligence and tireless energy.

Traits and Temperament

The Airedale Terrier is an intelligent, independent and energetic breed. They are known for their willingness to please and their incredible work capacity. Airedale Terriers are usually friendly and social, but they can be reserved around strangers.


A typical Airedale terrier weighs between 20 and 30 kilograms and has a height of 56 to 61 centimeters. They are the largest of the terrier breeds, with a robust body and strong muscles that reflect their working origins.

Appearance and Coat

The Airedale Terrier has a distinct and characteristic appearance, with a thick, dense and wiry coat, a straight back and a bold and alert expression. Their fur is usually black and fire-colored, and requires regular clipping to keep them looking good and comfortable.

How much fur does an Airedale Terrier shed?

Airedale terriers shed moderately and their fur requires regular grooming. They are not known for being high shedding dogs, but like all breeds, they shed more during the spring and fall shedding seasons.

Are Airedale Terriers Family Friendly?

Airedale Terriers are known to be excellent family dogs. They are usually good with children and they love to be part of family activities. However, they require early and consistent training, and can sometimes be a little too intense for very young children.

Acquiring an Airedale Terrier

Acquiring an Airedale Terrier requires commitment and preparation. They require regular exercise, mental stimulation and early socialization and training. With the right owner and environment, an Airedale Terrier can be a wonderful and loyal companion for many years to come.

How many Airedale terriers are there in Sweden?

In Sweden, there are 899 registered Airedale terriers As of 2022-12-31

People who owned an Airedale Terrier

1. President Warren G. Harding : The US President had an Airedale Terrier named Laddie Boy which was very well known. Laddie Boy even "wrote" newspaper articles and sat by the President's side at official functions.

2. John Wayne : Iconic actor John Wayne was also known to have owned an Airedale Terrier.

3. Bette Davis : The famous actress Bette Davis had an Airedale terrier that she was very attached to.