Airedale Terrier Description:
The origin of the Airedale Terrier
lies in Aire, an area in England. The breed dates back to the 19th century when the Welsh Terrier, black and tan terrier and Otterhound were crossbred to create this breed. In the olden days, the breed was primarily used as a hunting dog for hunting vermin. It was used as a guard dog and also as a search and rescue dog during the Second World War. The Airedale Terrier is also known as the "king of terriers", since it is the largest of the terrier breeds. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1888.
The Airedale Terrier is a medium to large sized dog with a light, athletic frame. It has a proportionate head; small sized ears which are slightly triangular in shape; small eyes which are dark colored and with a keen expression; a long muzzle which gives its face a goat like appearance; taut lips with a level bite or a vise-like bite. This breed has a small to medium sized tail which is strong at the base and carried erect, with a slight bend forward. The tail is never carried over the back. Like other terriers, this breed too has short, strong legs which are square in shape. It has a double coat, outer coat is hard, dense and wiry, and the undercoat is short and soft. The color of the coat can be a combination of black and tan or tan and grizzle with little white blaze on the chest.
The Airedale Terrier is a lively, energetic breed. It is great with kids as well as small pets. However, it may display a dominant attitude towards other dogs. Socializing at an early age is required to bring out the best behavior. Although not difficult to train, it requires a firm approach with a lot of variety for optimal training of the breed. The breed does not respond very well to harsh training methods. It is a protective and a loyal breed, which makes it a good guard dog. It is friendly with strangers, which does not make it a very good watchdog. It is an excellent companion breed. However, this active breed does not adjust too well to an apartment lifestyle and may not be recommended for first time dog owner.
Airedale Terrier Care & Grooming:
The Airedale Terrier
is an average shedder. However, its coat needs to be brushed at least 3 to 4 times a week, and should be plucked in every 3 to 4 months. It should be bathed only when necessary and should be dried properly after each bath. Its beard should be washed daily to remove any food remains. Hair around eyes, ears and paws should be trimmed regularly. Its eyes should be cleaned properly as it tends to eye infections.
It is an active breed which needs a lot of exercise. Daily long walks are recommended for proper mental and physical well being of the dog. Daily walks should be supplemented with jogging, playing ball games and swimming.
Airedale Terrier Health Problems:
The Airedale Terrier
prone to some health issues like cancer, hip dysplasia, skin allergies, eye and heart problems, bloat etc.