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Pictures to Assist in Identifying Airedales in Shelters

In most books and on most websites telling you about Airedale Terriers (including ours), you see an elegant dog with a neat, short coat. This is usually not the way an Airedale appears when it ends up in a shelter. Hopefully the photographs here will assist shelter personnel, rescue volunteers and the public in recognizing an Airedale.

If you spot a dog at a shelter that looks anything like these pictures, please contact us immediately Please give us as much information as possible about the location of the dog: name of shelter, address, city, state, telephone number. If you saw it on another website, please include the URL. Thanks!

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Sometimes, you will see an Airedale with an undocked tail or with one or both ears standing straight up.
Airedales are usually about 55-65 pounds and 23-26 inches tall at the shoulder, but they can range from around 40 pounds to over 100 pounds. Compare these adult purebred Airedales:

Ian (85 pounds) Teddy (39 pounds) Ian (85 pounds) Teddy (39 pounds)


Adult Airedales are usually no smaller than 35 pounds and 19 inches at the shoulder (that would be a very small Airedale). If you see a dog that looks like a miniature Airedale, it may be one of these breeds:

Welsh Terrier
approx, 14-16 inches at the shoulder
weigh between 18 and 25 pounds
Lakeland Terrier
approx. 13 1/2 inches
weigh approx. 17 pounds
Many people (especially on eBay) confuse the Wire Fox Terrier with the Airedale. An Airedale might have a little white hair on its toes or chest, but it is predominantly black and tan. This is a picture of a Wire Fox Terrier in show trim.



Wire Fox Terrier
approx. 15 inches
weigh approx. 18 pounds

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Airedale Information

The ATCA Rescue & Adoption Committee maintains and updates a network of contacts across the country to aid in the re-homing of purebred Airedale Terriers who are lost or abandoned. These contacts are volunteers located in several states, as well as Canada, working to help Airedales in need, adopting them to permanent loving homes.
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