This next link is to an article "Is The Airedale The Right Breed For Your Family?" that goes into the relationship between the family and requirements of owning an Airedale Terrier. Airedales certainly can be a "high maintenance" member of the family, but this is more than offset by their contribution to the whole.
The Airedale Breed Standard by which our dogs are judged.
A concise history is contained in the paper entitled "History"
As a breeder of Airedale Terriers:
We shall follow California Airedale Terrier Club, Inc. objectives as stated in article 1 section 1 of the Club Constitution and Bylaws which states that we are to:
a) Encourage and promote the quality breeding of purebred Airedale Terriers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.
b) Urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American kennel Club, as the only standard by which Airedale Terriers shall be judged.
c) Do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials and to act as a support group for all Airedale Terrier owners.
d) Conduct sanctioned and member specialty shows under the rules of the AKC
In Addition I Shall Endeavor to:
1) Do my best to maintain high standards in the care of my dogs and to produce sound, good-tempered dogs that will be typical of their breed throughout their lives.
2) Never donate, sell to commercial wholesalers or retailers, nor sell litter lots nor allow any dog I have bred or caused to be bred to be placed at auction, raffle, chance or placed by any means other than direct sale to the person or family who intends to keep the dog for their own for the life of the dog.
3) Supply each purchaser with the following: registration record, three generation pedigree, health record, diet and care information and to help the owner for the life of the dog in every reasonable way.
4) Take a dog back if the owner of any dog of my breeding is unable or unwilling to care for the dog at any point in his lifetime.
Size, according to the American Kennel Club; Dogs should measure approximately 23 inches in height at the shoulder; bitches, slightly less. Both sexes should be sturdy, well muscled and boned.