The Airedale Terrier, also referred to as the Waterside Terrier or the Bingley Terrier, is a British breed that is known for its intelligence and loyalty. This breed grows to a height of about 23 inches and can weigh between 44 and 50 pounds. Some of the physical problems that this breed is susceptible to include: skin problems, eye problems, and hip dysplasia. However, with proper care and nutrition they can live up to 14 years.
The Airdedale Terrier is a sweet dog that is loyal and playful. They adjust well to multi-pet families and are great with older children. However, it is not the best breed to have if you have small children. They are a very intelligent terrier breed that learns quickly.
To care for the Airedale you will need to use a stiff bristle brush to remove dead hair and dander three to four times per week. You will also want to pluck shedding hair clumps from their coat at least two times a year. As for exercise, they will need a good workout at least once a day. This breed is not suitable for apartment living. They need a fenced yard to run around in to stay happy and healthy.
The Airedale Terrier, also known as “The King of Terriers”, is the largest of all terrier breeds. The breed’s greater size matches their equally large devotion and courage while still being one of the calmest and most eager to please.
The Airedale Terrier is a muscular, active, medium-sized dog. They are well-boned, squarely-built dog, and at all times a terrier in appearance and attitude. It should stand alert with head and tail held high, be interested and inquisitive, and show an intelligent, steady quality.
A healthy Airedale will be approximately 22-24 inches at the shoulder. Beware of breeders boasting that they breed extra large or “Oorang” Airedales. To purposefully breed a larger or smaller dog is to destroy the breed’s purity and tradition. Oorang Airedales were developed during the 1930′s when Airedales were farmed like livestock and dogs of this size usually carry the medical and behavioral problems associated with the 1930′s Airedale.
Airedales are very devoted companions, but they fully expect to be an equal partner in your life. They seem to have a sense of humor about themselves and you, so you had better develop the ability to see humor in all situations.
It cannot be emphasized enough how much energy an Airedale has and how important it is to find positive outlets for that energy. If your current lifestyle is already packed with activity, an Airedale is not a dog you can fit in around the edges.
An Airedale will not wait patiently for you to find the time to play with him and don’t expect to be able to stick him in the back yard to exercise alone or think that tossing a ball a few times is going to be enough. Providing an Airedale with adequate exercise requires your active participation.
Puppies, however, should not be suddenly taken out on a five mile hike but should be gradually built up to taking as far as you are prepared to walk. As a puppy, your dog will not be ready to partake in any long walks. You have to wait until it has completed most of its growth, short socialization walks will be sufficient as a young dog.
Even though the Airedale Terrier has a good temperament, it can sometimes be stubborn, and training will take time. Exercise a lot of patience and kindness with your puppy. They do not respond to harsh overbearing training methods. The Airedale Terrier is intelligent enough to perceive quickly what is required of it, but if you ask it to do the same thing over and over again it may refuse.
Airedales do well on high quality foods. Some may have slightly dry “itchy” skin and can be supplemented with certain oils and kelp. Also many Airedales respond well to lamb and rice foods.
The thick, wiry, harsh double coat of an Airedale Terrier should be plucked twice a year. Airedale Terriers will also shed excessively if their coats are not stripped regularly. Airedale Terriers’ beards should be washed daily because of their tendency to pick up bits of food and burrs. Frequent trimming and brushing can help prevent matted fur.