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How Much Do Airedale Terriers Cost? (2022 Updated Price Breakdown)

An Airedale terrier will cost you about $1,000 on average to buy, but you can pay less if you adopt one. As for show-worthy Airedales, you will pay at least $2,500 for one of those!

The expenses don’t just end here, though. Take into account annual expenses like vet care or food supplies. There are also some mandatory expenses like medical bills.

Airedale Terrier Cost

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An Airedale puppy’s price is usually between $850-1800. But, you can still find puppies priced at $650, though those listings will be rare.

As for reputable AKC-registered Airedale breeders, expect to pay a $1,200 minimum. If you opt for adoption from a shelter, you can get an Airedale for $300-500.

Factors Affecting Airedales Price

The price of Airedale terriers depends on several factors:

  • Pedigree: Mixed Airedale terriers cost less than purebreds. And the ones with champion bloodline amount to even more.
  • Age: Most people want to raise puppies, so adult dogs have lower prices. Senior dogs are even more affordable to acquire.
  • Quality of breeder: Reputable breeders pride themselves on their dogs’ quality, so they cost higher.
  • Location: Do you live in an expensive area like NYC? In that case, you’ll pay more for a terrier than what you’d pay in a less populated area.

The Costs of Raising an Airedale Terrier

Food Supplies

Airedales are the kings of terriers for a good reason! They are the largest among terriers and need protein-rich food. So, you’ll pay about $500-1,000 annually for mid-to-high-quality food.

You’ll have to make sure to monitor the calories since obesity is common for Airedales.


Luckily, Airedales don't shed, so you won’t need to take your dog to a professional groomer often. Instead, they have a thick coat made up of curly fur that’s easy to care for.

All you'll need is to brush the fur weekly at home and take the dog to a professional groomer once every three months.

Don’t forget about the nails and teeth! Clip the dog’s nails once every 2-4 weeks, and brush his teeth three times a week.

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Airedales are large and require hand-stripping, which is labor-intensive. So, a professional hand-strip will cost about $80-150.

As for grooming supplies, getting a set of stripping comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, and nail clippers will amount to about $50 in total.

Vet Care

Vet care costs vary depending on whether the dog is healthy. This table shows basic vet care expenses:

Annual routine check-up$50-250 (per visit)
Teeth cleaning$300-400
Fecal test$20-35

One-time Medical Payments

If you bought a small puppy, you’ll have to make one-off medical payments.

1. Vaccination

According to ASPCA, there are four core vaccines that every dog should take:

  • Rabies
  • Canine distemper
  • Canine adenovirus (hepatitis)
  • Canine parvovirus

The total cost of essential vaccines is about $60-100. But, it’s lower if the dog gets vaccinations at a shelter and higher if you live somewhere pricey.

Check out AAHA’s guidelines to get an idea of vaccination timelines.

2. Spaying/Neutering

Spaying will cost you $120-250, and neutering is about $100-200. This range differs according to the dog’s weight and the clinic’s pricing.

3. Deworming

Deworming isn’t a one-time payment per se. But, it becomes less frequent as the puppy grows up into a big boy.

Airedale puppies should get dewormed every two weeks until they are about 3 months old. Afterward, they should get dewormed once per month until they turn 6 months old.

As for adult dogs, they should get dewormed only if parasites were found in a fecal sample.

You’ll want to regularly look out for intestinal parasites since about 24.7% of Airedales get them.

Deworming medications cost about $8-40 depending on the dog's size and parasite type. Add that to the cost of one pet visit and you’ll get the total expenses.

Airedale Terrier Health Complications

You should also put into account the health conditions that Airedales can develop. So, I recommend saving up for possible health emergencies down the road.

Common health issues include:
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (arthritis & hip dysplasia)
  • Cancer (#1 reason for Airedale’s death)
  • Cataract
  • Colonic diseases

And that brings us to the next topic, pet insurance.

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance can save you a lot on sudden upfront emergency costs. This is especially true for Airedales as some of their health issues require expensive and/or prolonged treatment (ex: cancer).

To get a better idea, total hip replacement can cost you $14,000 out of pocket.

Insurance for 6-month puppies is about $50-70 per month. As the dog gets older, insurance fees will increase to $60-100 monthly, depending on the insurance company.


Airedales are full of energy and love to play. You can never go a day without giving them at least an hour of exercise.

If they don't play enough, they'll destroy stuff out of boredom. In that case, you should kiss your grandma's favorite heirloom goodbye.

So, toys will keep them engaged and mentally stimulated.

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These dogs love treat balls, which should cost you around $10-20. They also love tug toys, which shouldn’t cost you more than $15.

According to APPA, the average dog owner pays $55 annually for toys. But, for Airedales, you can expect to pay about $100-150 annually because they love playing during all their life phases.


The king of terriers is one hell of a stubborn dog. He is full of personality and won’t let you push him around.

People originally bred Airedales to become rat hunters! So, training them will cost you time and money.

Obedience puppy training will take 1-2 year(s) on average. It will cost you about $150-200 for group training classes (6 weeks).

As for private in-home classes, the price will go up to $700-800 for 6 classes.

Want to save money by doing the training yourself? That’s fine! Take a deep breath, and check out an online training program that may help you.

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