The Airedale Terrier was bred as an independent hunting dog. As a result, the Airedale is intelligent, independent and strong willed. They are a dog considered to be of above average intelligence and do extremely well in dog agility and obedience trials.

Airedales form a strong bond with their owners and their family. To that end they are loyal and trustworthy dogs and make ideal family pets. However they do need the company of humans. They are not a dog to be left outside in the yard all day unless you want a potentially destructive and disobedient dog. The Airedale Terrier wants and needs its family around it. It needs to be part of the family unit.