The Airedale is the
largest of the Terriers, sometimes referred to as the King of Terriers.
The breed originated
in the Aire valley, West Riding in Yorkshire. It is thought
that somewhere around the middle of the 19th century the breed was
created by crossing a large Terrier with a rough coated Otter Hound. The
result was a very agile, courageous, tenacious canine with excellent eyesight
and hearing who would embrace life with vigour!
Airedales are fairly
large dogs requiring considerable amounts of exercise and attention. We would
not recommend an Airedale to first time dog owners unless you could offer him
plenty exercise, your undivided attention and able to spend most of your day
with him and have a large, secure garden for him to run around in.
You’d probably need a very relaxed attitude to your garden as it would be in
danger of being Airedaled – they love to dig in
earth, lawns and move the occasional ( just think,
all!) plant around! We’ve found our Airedales will often get involved
in all garden activities; they have a very curious and fearless nature and
are not deterred by noisy lawn Mowers, Strimmers,
Chain Saws or even power tools.
Airedale Terriers can
make ideal family pets if you are allergic to animal hair, as Airedales do
not shed hair like other breeds! They do require considerable amounts of
grooming at home and/or by a dog groomer if you want to keep your Airedale
looking in pristine condition. You will need to brush the Airedale coat 3
to 4 times per week and if you wish to groom your Airedale yourself you will
need to invest in various equipment or pay a professional Groomer (make sure
he/she can show you photos of Airedales they have worked on previously and
ask around other owners for recommendations!) at least once every two to three
They are very earthy creatures and love to get in touch with mother
nature on a regular basis this will normally mean your Airedale will require
a bath! Do use a recommended mild doggie shampoo and save up lots of old
towels for this special occasion. Once you have bathed your Airedale you will
no doubt find your soggy fur ball will shake her/himself
enough to drown you and leave your bathroom walls dripping with water! They
will then take off around the house at high speed attempting to rub
themselves dry on the expensive sofa, carpets, beds, curtains, you, the sofa
again and then launch themselves into the garden at MACH 1 breaking the land
speed record a couple of times over!
They are very loyal,
faithful companions who enjoy being involved in our everyday lives.
They have an invigorating love of life mixed with a great sense of humour. They play as though they had springs on the
end of each paw bouncing and bounding around. They can be trained (so
I’m told) to a very high standard of obedience but in our experience they
like to do things their way. They greet house guests with a tremendous amount
of vigour and enthusiasm, occasionally
(………….frequently!) knocking them flying if unprepared for being Airedaled! In our house you’ll get the triple whammy
In our experience
Airedales are very amusing individuals who love to entertain with their
antics, their sense of fun is never ending from stealing the sausages from
your shopping bags as you unload your car to running around the garden
smirking at you with your slipper or shoe in their mouth.
There is no dog remotely like
The Planet Airedale guide to The Perfect Airedale Terrier - © Planet
Largest and most handsome of the Terriers.
Placid, passive, submissive, calm, quiet, non aggressive, easily pleased,
the wallflower of the dog world!
Head – correct size to fit large brain.
Sparkling and particularly good at seeing food, slippers,
socks, cats, cheese, steak, sponges, brushes etc., Slight tendency
to fall over invisible slippers and crash into invisible humans and walk
into large items of household furniture that suddenly appear as if by
Perfect, will hear a crisp packet being
opened at 1000 paces.
- Perfect proportions with perfect set of gnashers.
Perfect, slim and slender.
- Perfect for standing on owner if/when opportunity arises.
- Perfection personified.
- Best when muddy.
- Yes please.
- Flowing and smooth with effortless grace.
- Perfect, the shaggier the better.
- Black and tan or ‘Jaffa cake’ coloured, sometimes with a highly desired ‘Go
faster’ white flash on chest.
- Height about 23-24 ins for dogs, taken from top of shoulder, and bitches
about 22-23 ins – this places Airedale nose at the optimum altitude for
investigating underneath dressing gowns on cold, wintry mornings
- Must be well cared for and worshiped.
...but wait! Do you
really have an Airedale Terrier?
have just discovered something. We thought we had Airedale Terriers but
we do in fact have Cheesedale Terriers.
What's the difference? A Cheesedale Terrier looks just the
same as an Airedale Terrier, that is why we have thought for years we
have Airedales here, but with a few differences:
A Cheesedale Terrier will always come when called*, will always sit on
the first command*, will listen to everything you say* and will always
remain by your side as a faithful friend*
*when cheese is involved.
A Cheesedale Terrier has extra senses above an Airedale Terrier. They
can smell cheese, at a 100 paces, through a closed fridge door. In fact,
they can hear you thinking about getting any cheese out of the fridge.
Is your Airedale Terrier really a Cheesedale Terrier? Try this simple
Make sure your Airedale is not in the kitchen but is elsewhere in the
house. Open the fridge and remove the cheese (making as little sound as
possible). Cut a small corner of cheese and hold it in your hand, waving
it around. If your Airedale appears within 10 seconds, you don't have an
Airedale Terrier, you have a........
2003 (revised February 2007)