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Airedale Terrier

Published on 11 May 2021

Known as the ‘King of Terriers’, the Airedale Terrier is the largest of all the Terriers. 

From Yorkshire in England, the Airedale Terrier (also known as the Bingley or Waterside Terrier) was used as an all-round working dog and hunter about the farm. 

The largest of all the terriers, the Airedale can grow up to 61cm in height and weigh between 16 to 23kgs, with females generally being smaller than males. They are tan with a distinctive black or black and grey saddle.

Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Alternative names

Bingley Terrier, Waterside Terrier 


Yorkshire, England 

Bred for

Hunting and working farm dog  


Medium  56 to 61 cm, 16 to 23kgs

Weight range

16 to 23kgs


Tan with a black or black and grey saddle 

Life expectancy

10 to 12 years 


Broken coat with a wiry outer coat and a softer undercoat. Requires clipping and stripping


Intelligent, energetic, outgoing

Exercise requirements


Best suited for 

Active households  

Apartment friendly

Better suited to larger properties. Needs a lot of entertainment and may become destructive if bored


Airedales have big personalities and an independent streak. They are well suited to a household of experienced dog people who have plenty of time for training and exercise. They often excel at agility and other sports. 

Airedale Terriers retain their herding and hunting instincts, so early socialisation and training with other dogs, people and animals is important to ensure good manners later in life. Exercise caution when introducing Airedales to other small animals. 

Life on a larger property could be a better fit for Airedale Terriers than apartment living.


Airedale terriers have what is known as a “Broken” coat with a wiry outer coat and a softer under coat. Regular stripping and clipping at the groomers every 6 or so weeks is needed to keep the coat in top shape. Make sure your Airedale Terrier is on flea control and tick control if you are in a tick area, all year round.


When choosing a food for your Airedale Terrier, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age. Help your fur baby avoid becoming overweight by ensuring that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. 

Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

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Common health concerns

Skin and ear problems are not uncommon in Airedale Terriers, as well as tummy upsets. According to PetSure data, in 2020 the five most common reasons for an Airedale Terrier to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) were: 

RankConditionAverage cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)
Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)
1Skin conditions (including allergy, infection)$210$2,196
2Ear conditions (including allergy, infection)$156$805
3Gastrointestinal conditions$349$1,862
4Musculoskeletal conditions (including lameness and arthritis)$303$2,310
5Cancers & tumours$594$6,904

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider

Most popular Airedale Terrier names

According to PetSure data in 2020 the most popular names for Airedale Terrier were

Most popular names

  1. Bella
  2. Frankie
  3. Max
  4. Winston
  5. Annie
  6. Blaze
  7. Bonnie
  8. Charlie
  9. Evie
  10. Freddie

Most popular female names  

  1. Bella
  2. Frankie
  3. Annie
  4. Blaze 
  5. Evie
  6. Juno
  7. Lola
  8. Maggie
  9. Phoebe
  10. Rose

Most popular male names

  1. Max
  2. Winston
  3. Bonnie
  4. Charlie
  5. Freddie
  6. Hank
  7. Hunter
  8. Mr
  9. Odin
  10. Red

Did you know?

John Wayne’s famous nick name, “The Duke” was originally “Little Duke” after his Airedale Terrier, Duke who never left his side as a boy. 

Where can I get an Airedale Terrier?

Check out your local breed specific rescue organisation. Also be sure to visit your local pet rescue shelters where you might just find your new best friend! 


    1., Airedale Terrier, accessed on 12/01/2021
    2. Wikipedia, Airedale Terrier, accessed on 12/01/2021
    3. The Vintage News, John Wayne’s real name was Marion Robert Morrison, but he got his lifelong nickname “The Duke” from a local fireman, 9/9/2016, accessed on 12/01/2021

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    Kylie Mitchell

    Kylie Mitchell


    Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

    She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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