The Airedale Terrier, also known as the King of Terriers, is a popular breed of dog that originated in England. It belongs to the Terrier breed family which is notable for their distinct personality as well as hunting skills. Airedales are the largest of all the terrier dogs, and they have been bred to become water rat hunters. Their hard, double coat is dense and wiry outside and soft underneath. Its colors vary from tan, tan and black, and grizzle.
Height and Weight
The male members of the Airdale Terrier breed normally stand a 22 to 24 in height, and weigh 50 to 65 lbs. Their female counterparts, on the other hand, commonly have a height of 22 to 23 in, and a weight of 40 to 45 lbs.
Airedales, in general, are courageous and protective. They are relatively friendly with strangers, and will typically do just fine with children, especially if the breed gets to receive early socialization. They, however, may play a little too rough for small ones. Airedales are also known to be pleasant, loyal, and intelligent. They tend to be sensitive, attentive, and eager to please. The breed can become extremely rowdy if they do not get enough mental and physical stimulation every day. Just like the other dogs, Airedales also need firm but calm, confident and consistent owners. These handlers who can display a natural air of authority will keep them from behaving inappropriately, at the same time, perform well in numerous dog sports.
Members of the Airedale Terrier are not heavy shedders. Nonetheless, their coat still has to be trimmed every two years, and combed every three days. This is to keep their hair from matting. Clipping may also be necessary for them. Baths, in addition, need to be done only when needed.
Some of the common health issues found to plague the Airedales include obesity, hip dysplasia, chronic heart diseases, gastric torsion, thyroid complications, bleeding disorders, and allergies. Nevertheless, with proper care, nutrition, and exercise, the breed can live for as long as 10 to 13 years.
Airedale Terriers are best suited for a household with a medium-sized yard. This is to provide the breed an area where they can channel their great energy reserves though physical activities. Airdales are generally not good for apartment-living. To keep them from becoming destructive, the breed has to be with people, and has to get sufficient exercise. Long daily walks, swimming, and off-leash play will be great for them.