Airedale Terrier Training and Temperament
The Airedale Terrier will usually be fine with children if they have been socialized as puppies. They may play a little too roughly for small children. This breed is brave, protective and quite friendly with strangers.
They are intelligent and responsive and can be obedience trained to a high level. As with all dogs, Airedale Terrier training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
Either enroll in a certified local dog training school or read this.
The Airedale is a large, strong, long legged terrier full of spirit and enthusiasm.
The History Of The Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier is also known as Waterside Terrier and Bingley Terrier. The breed originated in England during the 19th century.
The Airedale was bred to hunt otter in the county of Yorkshire in England. It is a cross between the now extinct Black and Tan Terrier and the Otter Hound. It has many talents including use as bird dogs, big game hunters, military and police dogs. It has earned the title "The King of Terriers" .
Description Of The Airedale Terrier
The tail is docked and carried high but not curved over it’s back. The breed averages 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder and weighs from 44 - 65 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The harsh double coat can be either straight or wavy and are all tan with a black or grizzled saddle. The wiry coat requires professional grooming. Pets tend to be trimmed with clippers but show dogs are hand plucked about twice a year. If the coat is kept stripped it will shed little hair. Excessive hair should be trimmed from the pads when necessary.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Airedale Terrier is around 10-12 years.
Generally a hardy breed, some may suffer eye problems, hip dysphasia and skin infections. If your Airedale Terrier has dry skin, he should be fed an adjusted omega-6 / omega-3 fatty acid ratio in the diet.. Please read our page on health problems by clicking here.
Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
The Airedale Terrier is not recommended for life in an apartment They are very active indoors and need at least an average-sized yard.
Airedales were bred for active work and need lots of exercise. Most love playing with a ball, swimming, or retrieving object. Once fully grown they are happy to run alongside a bicycle.
Without sufficient attention and exercise, Airedale Terriers will become restless, bored and seek trouble to relieve the monotony. After the first two years (as with many dogs) the need for such vigorous exercise will diminish. Then also become more mellow and easier to live with.
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Airdales are the largest of the terriers and just love to swim. The puppies are born black.
They have been the dog of choice for three successive American presidents: Harding, Coolidge and Hoover and the hunting companion of Teddy Roosevelt.
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