The Airedale Terrier has a harsh, weather resistant coat. They have a black back (saddle), neck and upper surface of the tail. The underside of the tail, the head, shoulders, legs and hindquarters are tan.
If you intend to show your dog you will need to be prepared to handstrip the coat. This is done by the use of a blunt stripping knife. The dead hair needs to be actually removed, rather than cut, to maintain colour and texture. The technique can be learned quite easily and there is a wealth of information on the internet. We can also show you how to do this.
If your dog is to be a companion and you don't intend to show, the coat can be clipped every 3 months or so. Your local dog groomer should be able to provide this service, or with a little practice and investment in a good set of dog clippers, you can easily learn to do it yourself. Please note though that when the coat is clipped it will lose colour and texture, and the resulting coat will be a little lighter and softer than a hand stripped coat.
In both cases your dog will require a good brushing daily to prevent the longer hair on the face and legs (the furnishings) from becoming tangled, and to remove any burrs etc from the coat. A wide-toothed comb should be used on the furnishings and a brush for the rest of the coat.
You are welcome to contact us if you need more information on grooming.