The Airedale Terrier’s coat is hard, dense and wiry, with a softer undercoat, and comes in both tan and black and tan and grizzle.
Airedales make good family pets as long as they get daily mental and physical exercise. They like to be the head dog and may not do well when another dog challenges that position, although usually get along well with smaller dogs.
With other dogs, most Airedale Terriers are bold and aggressive, and with their strong hunting instincts they must be exposed early to cats, else they may not be safe with cats. Rabbits and rodents are not a wise addition to the household.
Airedale Terrier was one of the first breeds trained for police work in Germany and Great Britain. In World War I, he worked as a guard and messenger dog.
Airedale Terriers are generally healthy, but some problems have been seen in the breed. They can develop hip dysplasia, a genetic hip deformity that requires costly surgery to repair and can lead to arthritis later in life.