Airedale Terrier.

Other Names:

Bingley Terrier, Waterside Terrier

Price Range:

$800 – $1,500

Size:

Large

Dog Group:

Terrier

Coat Length:

Medium

Energy:

High

Kid Friendly:

High

Life Expectancy:

10-13 years

Available in these colours:

Characteristics & Tendencies:

TENDENCY TO DIG93%

93%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

SNORING10%

10%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

DROOLING10%

10%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

EXERCISE NEEDS93%

93%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

GROOMING NEEDS52%

52%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

BARKING52%

52%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

APARTMENT FRIENDLY

HYPOALLERGENIC

About the Airedale Terrier

Known as the “king of terriers” for his size, Airedales were created to be large and fearless hunters of ducks and rats, and no doubt did some poaching on the side. They range in height between 58 and 61 cms for males, and 56 and 59 cms for females. Both dogs and bitches should weigh around 22 kg.

Airedales’ heads should be well-balanced with little apparent difference between the length of skull and foreface. Their skull should be long and flat, not too broad between the ears and narrowing very slightly to the eyes. The scalp should be free from wrinkles, stop hardly visible and cheeks level and free from fullness. Ears should be V-shaped with carriage rather to the side of the head, not pointing to the eyes, small but not out of proportion to the size of the dog. The topline of the folded ear should be above the level of the skull.

Probably some crosses were made with Irish and bull terriers as well to help create this tough, good-sized hunter. Airedales not only hunt vermin but have been successfully used on large game and as defence and security dogs. Most American Airedales trace their ancestry back to CH Master Briar, a British dog brought over to the United States near the turn of the century.

Airedales can still be seen today working as hunting dogs for both large and small game, in police work, and as wonderful family companions. Airedales are seen in agility and obedience competitions as well.

FEEDING

How much do Airedale Terriers eat?

1.5 – 2.5 cups of food a day

TEMPERAMENT

Are they kid-friendly?

Make a good family pet and are protective of children

EXERCISE

How much exercise?

At least 60 minutes of daily exercise

LIVING

Do they need a lot of space?

Yes, they need a large, fenced yard

Top health issues

What are the most common health issues for Airedale Terriers?

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease

IN DETAIL

Common Airedale Terrier diseases & conditions, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in detail:

Feeding

How much does an Airedale Terrier eat?

Airedale Terrier puppies between 8 and 12 weeks need four bowls of food every twenty-four hours. Feed pups 6 months old to one year old 2 times per day. By the time your airedale terrier reaches his first birthday, one bowl daily is typically all that’s required. Some adult airedale terriers might eat two lighter helpings. It’s your duty to adapt to your airedale terrier’s eating schedule. The Airedale Terrier should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

Shedding

How often does the fur fall off?

The Airedale Terrier is not known for extreme shedding, their double coat does not shed so a helping hand is needed to remove the dead hair underneath. A daily brush and weekly hand stripping is recommended to keep them in tip top condition.

Grooming

Are Airedale Terriers high maintenance?

The Airedale’s coat may be either trimmed with clippers or by stripping (a process by which the coat is thinned and shortened with a sharp, comb-like tool called a stripping knife), or a mix of both. The family Airedale doesn’t have to be trimmed, but most owners do have him groomed by a professional groomer three to four times a year to give him a neat appearance. Brush your Airedale’s teeth at least two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup and the bacteria that lurk inside it. Daily brushing is even better if you want to prevent gum disease and bad breath.

Trim his nails once or twice a month if your dog doesn’t wear them down naturally to prevent painful tears and other problems. His ears should be checked weekly for redness or a bad odour, which can indicate an infection. Begin accustoming your Airedale to being brushed and examined when he’s a puppy. Handle his paws frequently — dogs are touchy about their feet — and look inside his mouth. Make grooming a positive experience filled with praise and rewards, and you’ll lay the groundwork for easy veterinary exams and other handling when he’s an adult.

Exercise

How much exercise does an Airedale Terrier need?

Terriers are generally known for their high energy levels. Given that the Airedale is the largest of all terriers, that energy must be channeled into safe outlets. Airedale Terriers were traditionally bred for active work, so it is recommended to take them for long daily walks, or give them backyard time several times a day. This breed will usually remain active throughout his life, so would do best in a home with a large, fenced yard. Airedales are swift, agile swimmers, although care should always be taken when letting your dog near water. This breed also enjoys playing with a ball and retrieving objects. Without adequate exericse, this breed is likely to become restless and bored, and develop destructive habits.

Vet Visits

How often should an Airedale Terrier visit the vet?

A yearly visit to the vet should be part of a good Airedale health care routine. Older Airedales, or those with known health conditions, may need to be seen more frequently to ensure that the vet stays on top of any changes in overall health. A regular veterinary visit will help identify any possible issues and concerns, plus it will keep your Airedale up to date on vaccinations and boosters. In these visits, your vet will complete a physical examination, take your dog’s temperature and check his heartbeat, among other things. Routine maintenance for your dog gives you a chance to track your dog’s growth and development and discuss any concerns with your vet, and forms a key part of preventative care.

Family Suitability

Are Airedale Terriers kid-friendly and sociable with humans?

Airedales love to play with other family members. They play well with children, but interactions with toddlers and smaller children should be closely supervised. Airedales are rangy but strong; that strength, combined with a boisterous personality, can lead to mishaps. Airedale Terriers are very good with children and are fondly called reliable babysitters. However, children and dogs should never be left unsupervised. Early socialisation is important. Airedales can be quite stoic, and owners must be cautioned to be aware of any injuries. You can count on your Airedale to sound an alarm for danger and he will have the courage to back up that alarm.

Trainability

Are Airedale Terriers difficult to train?

Because of the Airedale’s size (he is a medium-sized dog, but the largest of the terrier breeds), strength, and rambunctiousness, obedience training is highly recommended. Airedales are fairly easy to train as they are very intelligent. However, they are also stubborn and their idea of training may be different from yours! At a minimum, an Airedale should learn basic obedience commands such as come, sit, and stay. The breed’s intelligence and the fact that they bond closely with family members can make training easy. Owners and trainers should keep in mind that an intelligent dog is an easily bored dog, so varied training sessions will be more successful than repetitive ones. Airedales are treat-motivated in training, and respond well to positive reinforcement methods. Also, an easily bored dog who is often left alone for long periods of time will tend to develop undesirable behaviors. It often helps to provide the dog with challenging toys that will keep him happily occupied.

Compatibility with other pets

Do Airedale Terriers get along with other dogs or cats?

The Airedale gets along well with other dogs in his household, as long as he is properly socialised and trained. However, at times he may try to dominate other dogs. Known to be an avid hunter, this breed may also exhibit some aggression towards other animals he sees as prety, including cats, rabbits and hamsters. He has herding characteristics, with a propensity to chase animals. Nevertheless, Airedales can do well with cats and other animals as long as he is raised alongside them.

Need for company

How often do they need to be around humans?

The Airedale is a lively breed, and he needs plenty of mental and physical exercise. Don’t leave him alone for long periods of time, or he is likely to become bored, which leads to the aforementioned destructive behaviors. This breed normally loves to please, and make devoted companions to their owners and families. Airedales love their families, and are enthusiastic whenever playing. They are playful and adventurous, and are constantly attentive.

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