The Airedale Terrier is commonly called the “King of Terriers” as he’s the toughest, biggest of terriers. His coat is wiry, dense and hard. He was initially used in Britain and Germany as a police dog and various American presidents have had this breed as a pet.
- 1 Airedale Terrier Origin
- 2 Airedale Terrier Personality
- 3 Airedale Terrier Characteristics
- 4 Airedale Terrier Training
- 5 Airedales and Children
- 6 Airedale Terrier Grooming
- 7 Is The Airedale Terrier Hypoallergenic?
- 8 Airedale Dog Breed Size
- 9 Life Expectancy of Airedale Terriers
Airedale Terrier Origin
It’s believed that he originated in the Aire Valley as a descendant of the black and tan terrier which is now extinct. Apart from his use as a police dog, he became known for his abilities as a hunting dog, a pest catcher, a messenger and a hunting dog.
The Airedale dog breed was acknowledged in 1879.
Airedale Terrier Personality
Although the Airedale Terrier personality is normally has a mild manner, he will defend himself if challenged. He should undergo obedience training early on because he’s a quick learner but it’s vital to vary the training as he can lose interest easily. He craves exercise every day.
Airedale Terrier Characteristics
Airedales are loyal companions but they expect the partnership between both of you to be strong and equal. They have a humorous air about them so it’s vital that you have the same ability to view the funny side of all situations.
For example, your Airedale may grab your keys just before you do so you can go to work. Then he’ll run around your back garden, dodging you at every turn and daring you to come and get them back. Airedales never respond well if excluded from your family life and certainly won’t be happy if he’s either confined to the back yard or one room in the house.
Airedale Terrier Training
Airedales are clever dogs BUT it doesn’t mean they’re always obeying you. Whenever you call, they can find more important things to be doing. Your dog does want to work WITH you but not FOR you and that’s a huge difference. The way you train must keep this attitude in mind.
There are breeds that will happily repeat the same task as often as you want. However, Airedales are NOT one of those breeds. Repetitive drills won’t receive any enthusiasm from your Airedale. These dogs love showing how smart they are by doing something ONLY ONCE! They consider that they did as you asked, perfectly, the first time, and if you didn’t notice, then it’s your bad luck.
However, there are some Airedales with a much better attitude. They excel in anything you give them, whether it’s flyball, hunting, agility, obedience, therapy work, police work, search and rescue, and anything else you care to try. As an owner, you need to determine what it is that truly motivates your dog.
Airedales and Children
Dogs and children appear to be perfectly suited. Sadly, most young Airedales are rescued from families where they have been abused by young children.
Common reasons why Airedales have been surrendered: Dog injured child, and makes her scared, dog bitten child or friend, dog jumps on child, knocks child down, play bites, dog growls after being chased by toddler. Dog left alone all day and night. Dog wants human food and growls when child has food. Kids leave door or gate open and dog escapes.
Airedale Terrier Grooming
His coat needs regular stripping and brushing. Any Airedale owner knows that regular grooming is essential. A number of actions are needed. Brush his coat and undercoat twice weekly to get rid of all the dead hair. He also needs stripping or a haircut at least four times per year.
The majority of Airedale dog breed owners have a great groomer who looks after hair cuts so they’re done properly. A groomed, clean Airedale is a healthier, happier, four-legged family member.
Lots of people find Airedales appealing because, when they’re groomed, they look incredible. There are others who love Airedales simply because they don’t shed hair everywhere, as long as they’re meticulously groomed.
Proper Airedale Terrier Grooming Involves Many Tasks
Your Airedale’s coat must be brushed at least weekly but daily is better. If you don’t, his coat will develop lots of mats and it may be difficult to free them.
Once or twice a week, you need to check his teeth and ears for problems.
Every six – ten weeks, he will need to be hand stripped or clipped.
The majority of Airedales get clipped, at a rough cost of $50 to $70 per canine, and the price can vary according to where you reside.
Only show dogs get hand stripped because it’s an enormous amount of work and can take two weeks to finish. As the new, darker coat grows back, the old coat is gently and slowly pulled free.
Airedales aren’t groomed to the same high standard at all grooming shops. Some do a bad job and it’s an ugly sight. If possible, it’s wise to learn how to do it properly yourself. You’ll save a great deal of money and it’s another way to spend quality time with your Airedale.
You can grab a pamphlet that explains how to groom your dog yourself.
Is The Airedale Terrier Hypoallergenic?
The Airedale sheds very little, but it is not confirmed they are hypoallergenic dogs.
Airedale Dog Breed Size
The male stands 23 inches tall and the female is a little shorter. Airedale Terrier weight is 50 to 70 pounds.
Life Expectancy of Airedale Terriers
As an owner of an Airedale, you probably wonder about the Airedale Terrier lifespan.
According to survey about US dog breeds, the average Airedale lifespan is 10-13 years and some may live two years more than what’s anticipated.
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References and Further Reading:
AKC Airedale Terrier Information