Potential health issues in Airedales

The Airedale Terrier sometimes suffers from colonic disease, which can cause loss of appetite, lethargy,  diarrhoea and weight loss. Other serious health issues that Airedales may be prone to are hip dysplasia, gastric torsion - also known as bloat (where the stomach fills with gas and fluid and twists),  and hypothyroidism.  The symptoms of hypothyroidism include hair loss, lethargy and weight gain and tends to affect older dogs.   
An ethical breeder will have tested appropriately and be able to advise on a puppys health.  For older dogs, testing by your vet may be needed to identify these issues - for example thyroid tests and a hip examination. 

Airedale Terrier Info & Airedale Terrier Breeders


The Airedale Terrier is often called the “King of Terriers” because of their size.  On average, they live 10 to 13 years. They have a distinctive look because of their “beard and moustache”, muscular bodies and tails that are upright.


Airedale Terrier Temperament.

Airedales are independent dogs who enjoy working and being with people. They can have a clownish, exuberant personality and need to be trained and socialised from puppyhood. They are very loving and like to be in the middle of family activities.


Airedales are comfortable hunting vermin and game, being a police dog, guard dog, playmate and family companion.They are devoted to their owner and families.


Ideal Owner for the Airedale Terrier.

They can be a challenging dog for the first-time dog owner because of their smart, active minds.


An owner of an Airedale Terrier needs to be prepared to train them, keep them active and well socialised. They need lots of affection and to be involved with the family.


Training and Grooming an Airedale Terrier

Regular grooming is necessary so that the coat does not become matted. If you are not going to show your Airedale then the coat can be clipped using electric clippers.


Hand stripping is the ideal method to groom your Airedale. This needs to be done in sections and requires the groomer to pluck a few hairs at a time from the coat. This will ensure that the coat remains rich in colour and the texture remains hard and wiry.


How Much Space and Exercise Does an Airedale Terrier Need?

Airedales are very energetic dogs that need a lot of exercise and space so they are best suited to active owners and families.


See our Registered Airedale Terrier breeders below.  You can also check our listings for airedale puppies and dogs for sale and search for Registered Airedale Terrier breeders Australia by specific location or by city/state below.


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