You Make The Diagnosis: Airedale Terrier Health Problems

This is Lotar, a well-behaved Airedale terrier.  Notice his handsome red color?  This is a rare color in Airedales.  Among his many other wonderful qualities, that makes Lotar a special dog.     

Name the most common health problems observed in airedale terriers.


1) Hip dysplasia
2) Allergies/atopy
3) Hypothyroidism
4) Gastic dilation-volvulus (bloat)
5) Autoimmune hemolytic anemia

In my experience, these are the most common health problems I observe in airedales.  Some veterinarians would also include malocclusion (poor alignment of the teeth) and cataracts, although I have not personally seen these problems at a greater rate than in other breeds.   Fortunately, Lotar does not suffer from any of these. 

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.