Airedale Terrier


Airedale Terrier Group III. - Terriers.

General Appearance:

It is a courageous dog with fast movement always ready to respond with interest and immediately everything that is happening around. Expression, eye contact, supporting the ears or tail carriage. Its character is a reflection of its character.

It is bright, trustworthy, reliable, friendly, utterly fearless, courageous and intelligent, always alert dog. It is never aggressive or timid. These features of the original hunting dog has become over time a remarkable social breed that is well made both to sport and the Utility Training (in the army, police and rescue staff) as well as a variety of dog sports. In any case, his lack of self-confidence, and it is also smart enough. It likes making decision itself - then it is not easy to persuade it.

Temperament & Behaviour:

If it feels that it is not necessary to obey, simply it plays tricks with owner e.g. I do not know what you want or why I should to this or that. Owner should never leave the intention to train this breed.

The hypothesis is that this a breed rebellious and disobedient that does not to love its owner, it is totally wrong, in fact, Airedale Terrier is able to sacrifice its life for the person that has good relations with. Its confidence, however, it cannot work with imprudent and unfair punishment. It has its pride. Owner must simply outwit it from beginning by intonation of voice, dealing kindly.

If Airedale Terrier gets from a young age appropriate education based on clear, strict and also a kind of consistency, it will grow up obedient and easily controlled dog. Its obedience is never slavish, dull and resigned.


It is the largest representative of the original development of the terrier group. Height at withers male is 58-61 cm for females 56-59 cm. The head must be balanced, with no apparent difference in length between skull and muzzle. At the forefront of the skin wrinkles must not form. The skull should be long above flat, not too broad between the ears, towards the eyes narrowing slightly. The frontal stop should be barely noticeable. The muzzle must be "well filled" before and under the eyes, which means that it must not be confiscated nor may significantly narrow the level of the base of stop - must be formed and so as not to wedge or otherwise unsightly. The nose should be black, the lips must fit snugly to the jaws and teeth.

Jaws are high, and strong. It is very necessarily and adequate strength of muzzle, but the excessive power of the jaw, which could cause bulging muzzle (when viewed from above) to the sides is as unnecessarily as prominent cheek bones. The teeth must be strong preference of scissor bite, in which upper teeth closely overlapping down teeth- both must simultaneously be planted vertically in the jaws. Level bite is also acceptable, overshot or undershot jaw is not acceptable.

Eyes should be dark colour, small, typical terrier expression, keenness and intelligence glance. Light-coloured or bulging eyes are not acceptable. The earlobes should have the shape of letter "V", the front drooping small. They must conform to the overall size of the dog, fault should be slightly above the top line of the skull. Suspended or too high set ears are not acceptable.

The neck should be clean, muscular, moderately long and strong towards shoulders slowly expands. On the neck must not be loose skin. Back is short, strong and straight level, no signs of weakness or weakness - it must be very hard.

The tail is docked if the act is not a law for the protection of animals has been prohibited). Whether it is docked or not, must have adequate strength and substance - be thin. Set high, carried gaily, but they should never be curled over the back. The end of the docked tail should be approximately the same height as the back skull.

The chest should be deep and should reach approximately to the elbows, not too wide, but the ribs must be properly rounded. The forequarters should be perfectly straight, strong bones. Shoulders are long, slanting adequately with peaks pointing upwards and backwards, flat muscled. The elbows must be neither turned in nor out, and they are freely movable. Forearms should be perfectly straight, strong bones.

Feet should be small, round shape, closed (compact) with well-arched toes and appropriately high and flexible padded. They may never be neither turned in nor out. For the movement, the feet pointing straight forward, the action of chest feet is free, mutually parallel, parallel to the median longitudinal vertical plane of the body, so that the feet are on the move apart as elbows. When viewed from the front should be free of forelegs direct continuation of the side lines the front of the chest (i.e. forequarters).

The coat is hard, dense and wiry, not so long to be standing on end. Flat and fits tightly to the skin and covers the body and limbs. The top coat is hard, wiry and stiff, undercoat shorter and softer. Hardest coats are usually very slight curls or wavy however it cannot be curly - such as hair soft is not acceptable.

Colouring must be black and tan, coat on top and sides of the body possibly and the upper parts of the thighs, black or greyish colour (black, grey hairs mixing) as well as neck and upper side of the tail. All other parts are tan colour; earlobes are often deep tan and throat, on the sides of the neck and temples can be dark (black) shading. A few white hair of the front chest between the legs is acceptable.