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Airedale Terrier

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Description

The Airedale Terrier, also known as the King of Terriers, is a popular breed of dog that originated in England. It belongs to the Terrier breed family which is notable for their distinct personality as well as hunting skills. Airedales are the largest of all the terrier dogs, and they have been bred to become water rat hunters. Their hard, double coat is dense and wiry outside and soft underneath. Its colors vary from tan, tan and black, and grizzle.

Height and Weight

The male members of the Airdale Terrier breed normally stand a 22 to 24 in height, and weigh 50 to 65 lbs. Their female counterparts, on the other hand, commonly have a height of 22 to 23 in, and a weight of 40 to 45 lbs.

Temperament

Airedales, in general, are courageous and protective. They are relatively friendly with strangers, and will typically do just fine with children, especially if the breed gets to receive early socialization. They, however, may play a little too rough for small ones. Airedales are also known to be pleasant, loyal, and intelligent. They tend to be sensitive, attentive, and eager to please. The breed can become extremely rowdy if they do not get enough mental and physical stimulation every day. Just like the other dogs, Airedales also need firm but calm, confident and consistent owners. These handlers who can display a natural air of authority will keep them from behaving inappropriately, at the same time, perform well in numerous dog sports.

Grooming

Members of the Airedale Terrier are not heavy shedders. Nonetheless, their coat still has to be trimmed every two years, and combed every three days. This is to keep their hair from matting. Clipping may also be necessary for them. Baths, in addition, need to be done only when needed.

Health Concerns

Some of the common health issues found to plague the Airedales include obesity, hip dysplasia, chronic heart diseases, gastric torsion, thyroid complications, bleeding disorders, and allergies. Nevertheless, with proper care, nutrition, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 10 to 13 years.

Best Environment

Airedale Terriers are best suited for a household with a medium-sized yard. This is to provide the breed an area where they can channel their great energy reserves though physical activities. Airdales are generally not good for apartment-living. To keep them from becoming destructive, the breed has to be with people, and has to get sufficient exercise. Long daily walks, swimming, and off-leash play will be great for them.

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  2. Melissa
    July 15, 2013 | 9:02 am

    I agree with Greg, trimmed every 6 weeks or so is a must being careful to find a groomer that knows the correct way to trim them. We have a 1 year old female and had the awful experience of a groomer that shaved straight down her nose. We were heart broken and patiently waiting for the hair to grow back.
    She does have a bad habit of chewing my hands. I have tried all the recommended ways to break this habit. Anyone have any new ideas?

  3. Greg
    March 27, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    “their coat still has to be trimmed every two years”

    Whoever wrote this post has not had an Airedale. Make that trimmed at least every 2 months, and preferably every 4-6 weeks.

    “Courageous and protective” may be their rep, but I would characterize our female Airedale as sweet and affectionate. She’ll bark at other dogs walking by because she wants to play; human intruders are only in danger of being licked and kissed.

  4. Mark
    March 30, 2012 | 8:01 pm

    I have a 9 1/2 year-old female Airedale named Penelope. She was extremely energetic as a puppy, even chewing the kitchen baseboards, windowsills & doorjambs while we were on vacation. I blame the house sitter for that, not her! She is extremely friendly, loyal and protective, but loves visitors and children. She is also very intelligent to the point of doing tricks, but she can be knowingly defiant when given commands. She will look right at you and do just the opposite as instructed! We have also had an Old English Sheepdog and a Standard Poodle and she has gotten along well with both of them. I would not trade her for the world.

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