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Airedale Terrier

Albert Payson Terhune sums up the Airedale Terrier concisely in a Nature Magazine: "Among the mine-pits of the Aire, the various groups of miners each sought to develop a dog which could out fight and out hunt and OUT THINK the other mine's dogs....Bit by bit, thus, an active, strong, heroic, compactly graceful and clever dog was evolved....He is swift, formidable, graceful, big of brain, an ideal chum and guard. There is almost nothing he cannot be taught if his trainer has the slightest gift for teaching. To his master he is an adoring pal. To marauders he is a destructive lighting bolt."

This high energy dog is known for its independence, patience, loyalty and courage. Be advised that when keeping your terrier in a fenced in area, he will most likely try to tunnel his way free. Airedale Terriers possess strong working instincts and are favored by many families seeking a devoted and protective family dog.

Airedale Terrier Breed Outline

Dog Group Terrier
Size Medium
Height: 22-24 inches
Weight: 48 lbs
Colors: Black and tan
Other Names: Airedale, King of Terriers
Average Litter Size: 8
Life Span: 9-15 years
Personality:Outgoing, confident, friendly, courageous and intelligent. Alert at all times. Not aggressive but fearless.

Grooming Requirements:Medium. Airedale Terriers need their coat professionally trimmed every 4 to 5 months.
Shedding: Little
Social skills: Gets into fights with other dogs. Will not back down from a fight, so firm leash control is necessary when walking the Airedale in public. Early socialization and training are essential to manage the dominant terrier temperament. It is not recommended that he be kept in the home with another dog of the same sex.
Suitable for Children:Not the best choice for young toddlers. Young Airedales (up to about two years old) romp and jump with great vigor. However, they are also known for their infinite patience with children.
Exercise Needs:High. He does need exercise, so a fenced yard or a long daily walk on a leash must be provided.
Train Ability:The Airedale Terrier can be a quick learner, but he is often stubborn and unforgiving of harsh treatment. Hard or abusive training methods will bring failure because the Airedale is truly tougher than any trainer.

The Airedale Terrier breed is hardy and has few health problems. Like many terriers, he is susceptible to skin problems and allergies, and all Airedales used for breeding should be screened for hip dysplasia, von Willebrand's disease (a bleeding disorder), and low thyroid function.

Negative Characteristics:Airedales love to dig. They can be aggressive toward other animals (chasing instincts) or destructive and noisy when not exercised enough.
Airedale Terrier Owners Talk...
Airedale Terrier Owner Reviews 1

"...I wanted my thirteen-year-old son to have a real fun-loving dog as a child growing up as I did. I grew up with Wirehaired Fox Terriers that were terrific. My son wanted a larger dog. The Airedale seemed to fit the bill. Ours has deeply touched our entire family. She frolics, she loves, she plays, she protects, all with an intensity I have never seen in a dog before. We all wanted her to sleep in our rooms at night, so we rotate her sleeping arrangements to prevent fights..."  All Reviews [...]
Are Airedale Terriers Really Good with Kids?

"...He did very well with my children except that they had to push him down a lot as a puppy..."  All Reviews [...]

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