Consider getting an Airedale Terrier puppy or adult dog, if you are looking for an intelligent, active, responsive and sometimes mischievous dog that has a strong will and independent streak.
The Airedale Terrier originally comes from Airedale in Yorkshire, England. It is the largest of the Terrier breeds and has affectionately become known as the 'King of Terriers'.
Originally bred for hunting in the mid 1800's it was officially recognized as a breed by the English Kennel Club in 1886. It is mainly a cross between an Old English Black and Tan Terrier and the Otter hound. Originally a breed of the common man, the Airedale Terrier was a jack of all trades. A good hound, terrier, watchdog and companion made them very popular amongst working class hunters.
Airedale Terrier - Description
The Airedale Terrier has two coats. A thick wiry outer coat with a semi waterproof furry undercoat. They don't shed much hair and for this can prove popular with allergy sufferers. The recognized color for this breed is a black or black mixed with white and gray saddle, a tan head, ears and legs.
They are an affectionate breed with a strong, brave demeanor. This probably comes from the terrier lineage. The Airedale Terrier will be protective to family members and will lap up as much love and attention you can give them.
With respect to training, the Airedale Terrier will probably need some obedience training to ensure that lively personality is not allowed to get out of hand. They will often chase small animals through instinctive behavior and will sometimes try to herd and harass larger animals if not trained properly.
The Airedale Terrier can prove to be a challenging breed. Their intelligence often leads to them outsmarting their owners or trying to 're-direct' training sessions. Some see this as a charming characteristic whilst others may see it as a negative point. They are a very energetic dog and will need plenty of exercise. Always happy to join in with family activities the Airedale will fit in with lively active families.
Airedale Health Problems
The average lifespan of an Airedale Terrier is about 11 or 12 years. The main cause of death amongst the Airedale breed is cancer with old age and cardiac problems following. They can suffer from hip dysplasia and skin conditions like dermatitis. Another less common health problem is under active thyroid.
In summary, the Airedale Terrier puppy or adult dog will prove to be a valuable family member. They have a strong will as with most terrier breeds and at times will prove challenging. They are happy to join in with family activities and will protect their family members from strangers making them excellent watchdogs.