Airedale Terriers

The largest of the terriers, this energetic breed has a lot of love to give. Find out if an Airedale is a good fit for your home.

Originally a crossbreed of a Rough-Coated Black and Tan Terrier and an Otterhound, the Airedale was meant to be a well-rounded sporting dog that could hunt on land and in water — and that’s exactly what it is. Used in World War II as messengers, Red Cross dogs, scouts and guard dogs, the Airedale Terrier breed has a long history of helping his human companions. 

Today, Airedales are known for being spunky and playful with a comical side. They love playing with their family members, but can be excellent watchdogs and babysitters too. Many owners say the only thing better than having an Airedale is having two of these silly pups!

Why We Love the Airedale Breed

  • Airedales are reliable watchdogs, and they take pride in protecting their families.
  • These dogs are independent, but love their families. They’re happiest when inside with their owners.
  • Airedale Terriers are incredibly good with children. They’re like the babysitters of the canine world!
  • The Airedale breed is great with training, but they’re also spunky and fun-loving.

Things to Consider

  • Like all terriers, Airedales have a natural inclination to chase small animals, bark and dig.
  • These dogs do require the occasional professional grooming, so be prepared to spend that cost a few times each year.
  • Airedales love to chew. You’ll need to crate train them and leave them with sturdy toys when you’re away from home.
  • Airedale Terriers are energetic and require plenty of exercise. These dogs won’t do well in apartments.

Why Rescue?

Like most in the terrier class, Airedales can be a handful with their many personality quirks. They require consistent training and socialization to curb unwanted behaviors, and some owners don’t realize they aren’t up to the challenge until after they take the dog home. Excessive breeding also enhances health problems in Airedales, such as hip dysplasia and allergies.

Instead of buying an Airedale Terrier dogs from a breeder, check your local shelter to give these pups the caring home they deserve!

Airedale Terrier Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a curly haired Airedale puppy to join the family or are ready to bring an energetic adult into your home, there are plenty of these loving dogs waiting to find a forever home! Here are just a few:

Clever, courageous & friendly
Avg. Weight
40 - 65 lbs
Regular brushing, occasional professional grooming
Avg. Life Span
10 - 13 years
Airedale Terriers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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