Airedale Terrier vs Poodle

Compare the Airedale Terrier to the Poodle. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Airedale Terriers and Poodles.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Poodle is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Airedale Terrier is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Poodle.
  • Children - Both the Airedale Terrier and Poodle are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Airedale Terrier requires moderate grooming, The Poodle has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Airedale Terrier has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Poodle is an average barker.
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Airedale Terrier vs Poodle
Airedale Terrier
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Breed NameAiredale TerrierPoodle
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan10-13 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height22-24 in.15-24 in.
Weight40-65 lb45-70 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomGermany
Origin Year1886 AD1200 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 85°F35°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHigh-Very HighHigh
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighMedium-High
Top Running Speed25 mph32 mph
StrengthHighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingLowNone
DanderLowNone
Drool AmountLowNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAiredale TerrierPoodle
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingVery LowVery Low
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingVery LowHigh
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowVery Low
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchVery LowAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAiredale TerrierPoodle
Lifespan
Lifespan10-13 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseNoYes
AllergiesYesYes
BloatNoYes
CancerYesNo
CataractsNoYes
Cushing's SyndromeNoYes
Ear InfectionsNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Optic Nerve HypoplasiaNoYes
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Premature GrayingNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
Runny EyesNoYes
Sebaceous AdenitisNoYes
Umbilical HerniasYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAiredale TerrierPoodle
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Wire CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
ScruffyYesNo
WavyYesYes
StraightYesNo
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & TanYesYes
Grizzle & TanYesNo
ApricotNoYes
BlackNoYes
Black & ApricotNoYes
Black & BrownNoYes
Black & CreamNoYes
Black & GrayNoYes
Black & RedNoYes
Black & SilverNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue & WhiteNoYes
BrownNoYes
Brown & ApricotNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Cafe Au LaitNoYes
CreamNoYes
Cream & WhiteNoYes
GrayNoYes
Gray & WhiteNoYes
RedNoYes
Red & ApricotNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
SilverNoYes
Silver BeigeNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & ApricotNoYes
White & SilverNoYes
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