The Airedale terrier is known as the “king of terriers” partly for their size. They are about 60cm tall and vary in weight from 25kg for a small female to 35kg for a large male.
Airedale terriers can vary greatly from being quite finicky eaters to being prone to obesity. This breed is active and needs plenty of daily, regular exercise. Combining training with exercise is often a good move as Airedales thrive on mental and physical stimulation. Airedales tend to live for about 12 years.
You can count on your Airedale to sound an alarm for danger and will have the courage to back up that alarm. They can be quite protective of their families, especially small children. Early socialisation is important. Airedales can be quite stoic, and owners must be cautioned to be aware of any injuries.
Airedale Terrier as a Pet
The fun-loving Airedale makes a good family pet. In some cases, he may even become protective of the children in the home, but his large size and high activity level may prove too intense for extremely young kids.
The blending of hound and terrier has softened the personality of the Airedale. These are still tough dogs but usually, get along better with other dogs than many of the other terrier breeds. Airedales are tolerant of other pets they are raised with and generally get along well with children, though they can be a bit rambunctious for small children.
Airedales are somewhat aloof to strangers at first and need early socialisation and training. Airedales are very intelligent dogs but have a bit of stubbornness or independence. They require a firm, but a gentle hand from early puppyhood. Most Airedales are not big barkers, but true to their terrier heritage they can be serious diggers and chewers.
Airedales need human interaction to be happy.
Airedale Terrier Appearance
The height of the Airedale Terrier is around 22-24 inches, and the weight is around 45-70 pounds. This is a sturdy looking breed that is medium or large in size. His coat is hard and wiry, and the colouring of this dog is black or grizzle mixed with tan.
Underneath the hard exterior of the coat, there is a softer undercoat. He has a distinctive face and expression, with a beard that will need to be kept well-groomed.
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Airedale Terrier Health Problems and Life Expectancy
The life expectancy of the Airedale Terrier is around 10-14 years. There are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed, and this includes thyroid problems, bleeding disorders, vWD, allergies, and hip problems. Make sure that both parents of the puppy you plan to buy have OFA certificates.
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