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Airedale Terrier

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A Loyal & Loving Companion

Adventurous, bold, playful

Airedale Terriers are easily motivated, steady, and adaptable, medium-sized dogs. These protective terriers have a tendency to be stubborn at times, but are responsive to their owners. Airedales make great companions for families with older children, active individuals, experienced dog handlers, and senior citizens. This breed is an excellent guard dog and works well as a police dog. Naturally very energetic, Airedales need a lot of daily exercise and mental stimulation.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:20-23 in. Weight:50-90 lb Lifespan:10-13 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Airedale Terriers are a dog with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Hand stripping is also required.

Dental: Airedales often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!



Airedale Terriers are highly intelligent dogs, and can adapt to almost any living situation as long as they gets their daily exercise and attention. Hey, this means you’ll get your daily dose, too!

Positive Traits:

  • Loyal and loving companion

  • Large, strong, and athletic, with lots of stamina

  • An excellent guard dog, courageous and dependable

  • Confident, steady, and fearless

  • Easily motivated and trainable

  • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

Negative Traits:

  • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

  • Coat requires regular grooming

  • Needs frequent attention from her family

  • Has a mind of her own

  • Can be independent and strong-willed

  • Standoffish toward strangers

 

Whether you are considering adding a new Airedale Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Airedale Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Airedale Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues an Airedale Terrier could encounter:


  • Hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Eye problems
  • Cataracts
  • Blindness
  • Thyroid disease
  • Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's)
  • Pyometra
  • Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
  • Dental abnormalities


Airedale terriers originated during the mid-19th century in the valley of Aire, in England. They are the largest of the terriers and have earned the nickname "King of Terriers." They are a mix of hound and terrier and have retained the best of both breeds. They are loyal and devoted companions, as well as good protectors of the family and home.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Airedale Terrier shows signs of the following:

• Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest

• On-going vomiting, weight loss, and/or diarrhea

• Vomiting, tender abdomen, diarrhea

• Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

• General reluctance to run or play

• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

• Symmetrical hair loss without itching

• Gums that are a color other than bright pink

• Bruises easily or bleeds a lot from a small wound

• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

• Cloudiness to eye lens

• Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

• General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

• Greasy poops, weight loss, dry flaking coat

 

 

  • Care

    Routine Care: Airedale Terriers are a dog with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Hand stripping is also required.

    Dental: Airedales often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!



  • Characteristics

    Airedale Terriers are highly intelligent dogs, and can adapt to almost any living situation as long as they gets their daily exercise and attention. Hey, this means you’ll get your daily dose, too!

    Positive Traits:

    • Loyal and loving companion

    • Large, strong, and athletic, with lots of stamina

    • An excellent guard dog, courageous and dependable

    • Confident, steady, and fearless

    • Easily motivated and trainable

    • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

    • Coat requires regular grooming

    • Needs frequent attention from her family

    • Has a mind of her own

    • Can be independent and strong-willed

    • Standoffish toward strangers

     

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Airedale Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Airedale Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Airedale Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues an Airedale Terrier could encounter:


    • Hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia
    • Bleeding disorders
    • Eye problems
    • Cataracts
    • Blindness
    • Thyroid disease
    • Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's)
    • Pyometra
    • Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
    • Dental abnormalities


  • History

    Airedale terriers originated during the mid-19th century in the valley of Aire, in England. They are the largest of the terriers and have earned the nickname "King of Terriers." They are a mix of hound and terrier and have retained the best of both breeds. They are loyal and devoted companions, as well as good protectors of the family and home.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Airedale Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest

    • On-going vomiting, weight loss, and/or diarrhea

    • Vomiting, tender abdomen, diarrhea

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Symmetrical hair loss without itching

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    • Bruises easily or bleeds a lot from a small wound

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

    • Greasy poops, weight loss, dry flaking coat

     

     

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