Airedale Terrier Breed Profile

Airedale Terrier Breed Profile

Are you thinking of getting an Airedale Terrier puppy? If so our Airedale Terrier breed profile is the perfect starting point to see if this is the right breed for you.

Also known as

The Airedale Terrier is also known by the following names – Bingley Terrier; Waterside Terrier; Wharfedale Terrier

About the Airedale Terrier breed

The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the Terrier family, taking its name from the valley of the Aire in Yorkshire, England. The breed was created in the middle of the 19th century from the Otterhound and a black-and-tan wire-haired sporting Terrier.

With great success, the Airedale Terrier was used as an Army Dog in both World Wars, and subsequently became in great demand as a guard dog for the railway and docks police in the mid 20th century in both Britain and the U.S.A.

Airedale Terrier temperament & lifestyle

This breed is surprisingly loyal and an easy dog to own, particularly if trained correctly from the puppy phase. Airedale Terriers make a good family dog due to their keenness to being around people, and are often unproblematic with children.

Airedale Terriers have been used often as police dogs and guard dogs due to their reliability, with an inane ability to hunt vermin and game.

Are Airedale Terriers easy to train?

Airedale Terriers react well to training and can easily become solid, reliable family pets. It is best to train them from an early age.

Feeding & dietary requirements

Airedale Terriers are one of the largest of the Terrier group of dogs and their dietary intake can be considered that of a medium breed of dog.

All dogs need a high quality diet rich in meat and other “whole prey” ingredients, but if raw is not for you then at least opt for a more premium diet such as air or freeze dried, BARF, or a high end small breed kibble.

Vital statistics

Airedale Terriers are around 23 to 24 inches in height and 20kg to 23kg in weight.

Colour tan or grizzle with a jet black saddle or waistcoat. Coat harsh and wiry, neat and smart. Head fairly long with flat skull; ears small and V-shaped; back short and level; legs heavily boned and straight, with compact feet; tail docked, set high and carried gaily.

Buying an Airedale Terrier puppy

How much do Airedale Terrier puppies cost?

Airedale Terrier puppies are up there with some of the most expensive breeds, so expect to pay a minimum of $3000.

Where can I buy an Airedale Terrier puppy near me?

The best starting point for finding an Airedale Terrier puppy in Australia is to search the Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders (AAPDB) Member List. Full members have had their premises audited by a registered veterinarian for compliance against the AAPDB Code of Ethics, which means they meet animal welfare standards.

Individual states have their own organisations in which breeders can become members.

Dog breeder organisations by Australian state:

How can I tell a good breeder?

A good breeder will be listed by one of the above organisations, but there are many ways to tell if they’re responsible or not.

Social media recommendations from other local dog owners can help point you in the right direction, but always take due diligence when buying a puppy.

A good breeder will always be happy to answer questions, allow for multiple viewings, and should not be pushy in any way. When picking up the puppy they should be willing for you to go to their premises, not ask to meet in a park or public place.

Good breeders will be proactive in asking you questions to ensure you will be a responsible dog owner, and will supply you with an information pack. Many will ask you to sign a contract to ensure the puppy is taken care of, or if they find out this is not the case they will have a legal right to reclaim the puppy.

Further information

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