Airedales are the largest among British terriers, which is why they are called “King of Terriers.” Contributing to its nickname is its robust body structure. They weigh between 45 and 66 pounds and stands 58 to 61 centimetres at the withers.
The Airedales’ distinctive coat is covered with two layers: hard and wiry top coat, and soft and fluffy undercoat. The standard colours for this breed are black or grizzle on top, and tan on all other parts. Some white hairs between forelegs are acceptable. Its coat is hypoallergenic and shedding is minimal.
Airedales don’t require frequent bathing and only need weekly brushing to ensure their coat is neat. This breed’s coat is generally low maintenance but should be trimmed a few times a year to avoid becoming unruly. However, if you’re planning to have your Airedale compete in dog shows, then you’ll need a great deal of work on that wiry coat. If that is the case, have it groomed by a professional groomer.
The rest is basic grooming routines. Trim the nails every few weeks. Brush the teeth regularly for fresh breath and good oral health. Clean the ears using a cotton ball moistened with a mild pH-balanced cleanser to prevent infections. If you see signs of inflammation such as redness or a bad odour, consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.