Clever, Courageous but Friendly
Crowned as the King of Terriers, don’t judge them by it’s size, the Airedale Terrier is a super clever and courageous breed with a friendly outlook. While this breed is not considered an original “purebred” as they were made up from the Welsh Terrier, the otterhound and other Terriers Breeds; however, they are now considered their own breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, or in short AKC as of 1888.
- Unexperienced Owners
- Apartment/Small Living
- Sensitivity Level
- Tolerates Being Alone
- Tolerates Cold Weather
- Tolerates Hot Weather
Crowned as the King of Terriers, this isn’t just a title for show. Despite being friendly and usually approachable, the Airedale Terrier are not easily trained and can get very stubborn.
Despite what most believe in, small size or toy dogs does not always mean easily adaptable in small homes or apartment-style living. However, the King of Terrier’s is is one of the exceptions. They do not adapt at all to smaller living, they are Kings after all.
Some dogs do not take a “dirty look” or a “leer” to heart, while others are grudge holders. Dogs with low sensitivity level are usually the easy-going and tolerant ones. While being a King, the Airedale Terrier is not particularly sensitive, however, if you do annoy them enough, they do take revenge.
What’s a King without it’s loyal subjects, while it does not always needs someone around, the Airedale Terrier enjoys it’s own space at times. They still prefer to be around ones they are conformable with always.
Airedale Terrier are no snow dogs however, they are shown to adapts quite well to climate changes, given time, they adapt well to colder climates.
Just like colder climates, Airedale Terrier adapts quite well to climate changes during summer, given time, they will adapt well to hotter climates as well.
The Airedale Terrier gets very attached to their pet owners and family in general. They show constant affectionate at their own terms. They do make a great family dog.
Airedale Terrier is a family dog, they will do great with kids and children without issues. However, rough play should always be supervised.
Airedale Terrier usually have no issues with having another canine in the family. However, this does differs from the up-brining and surroundings of the Airedale Terrier. However, as a whole, they are quite tolerant with other dogs around.
Airedale Terrier nature does not well with having a cat in the family. However, if they are exposed to cats from an early age, they are much more acceptance of their existence. Otherwise, Cats and other pets such as Rabbits are strictly off limits.
Some dogs will run towards strangers with their tail wagging and beg for pets, cuddles and smooches. While your Airedale Terrier won’t do that at all, it will approach them with caution for their own owner’s wellbeing. They are courageous after all.
Airedale Terrier is a medium-sized dog but one of the largest of the terrier breeds.
Have you ever cuddled a dog and it licks you, completely dousing you with drool? Well I got good news, the Airedale Terrier has very little drool potential meaning, it’s a very controlled amount. You won’t find random pools of drool on the ground either.
Do you need special grooming needs for a Airedale Terrier.
The short answer is no, they don’t require any special bathing, clippers or brushes to keep them clean, health and groomed. Just lots of patience and the regular tools will do the trick
Airedales Terrier are prone to a common condition called hypothyroidism. This is when the body does not make enough thyroid hormone, effectively causing signs of dry skin, coat and hair loss.
Airedales Terrier are a few hundred years old, Dating way back in the 1800s. Being a breed that was fixed mixed, they usually have a very good DNA background and they don’t suffer from other special diseases.
However, just like all dogs, they are still subject to genetic health issues such as hip dysplasia, luxating patellas or eye diseases. They just don’t have an increased chance.
It is always recommended to have your dog up to the latest on their medicine needs, including but not limited to vaccines & worming
Dogs are known to eat eat eat eat and eat without knowing when to stop. Airedales Terrier are no different, but the difference is, the King of Terrier’s is at high risk for overweight. You need to make sure your Airedales Terrier is getting it’s daily exercise needs and the right portion servings of food daily.
If you are unsure how much exercise or food your dog needs, please visit your local Vet for a full examination.
Airedales Terrier are an very intelligence breed, known to learn task and tricks very quickly. But because they are very intelligence, they can become very wilful, stubborn and difficult to train. They are ranked #29 in the world.
Airedale Terrier is an very intelligence breed and being ranked so high in the Dog’s Ranking List, they proven again and again why they are the King of Terriers’.
Biting issues are usually more present during puppyhood as it is more recommended for them to play-fight with their brothers and sisters so they learn about bite inhibition. However, Airedale Terrier can be a lot more mouthy than other breeds. One may see it as an affectionate gesture, however, if not trained correctly, the King of Terriers’ may just be the King of the family too.
Airedale Terrier are terriers, you would expect them to hunt, chase or have the desire to kill. The King of Terrier’s are a prime example of this. They would need extremely strict training to keep this urge in check.
Some breeds loves to bark at anything in sight, other enjoys howling. One of the most common rehome issues is due to the tendency to bark or howl. When choosing a dog, you need to understand how much you can withstand their natural behavioural before it becomes an issue.
With a Airedale Terrier, they do love to bark, constantly, maybe not as bad as a Beagle or Fox Terrier, but they are a Terrier at heart. You & your neighbour would need to not have an issue as anything passes by, you can bet on your King that they are already barking at it.
Are Airedale Terrier free-spirits. Yes they are, just like majority of the Terrier dogs, they enjoy freedom. It is more advised to have a proper dog fence around the house, they are known to escape through their cleverness.
Airedale Terrier have lots of energy, they are Terriers after all. They are bred to hunt and be essentially a predator. Further, Airedale Terrier are known as the King of Terriers, which means, by nature they are in a higher leagues.
Airedale Terrier it not a vigorous dog, they are have lots of energy however, but not vigorous. However, if the upbringing is not the best, they may develop some unwanted habits such as straining on leash during walks or eating and drinking in excessive mouthfuls.
Airedale Terrier not just have the energy to walk daily, they need to be walking daily. They are fine with long walks or jogs.
Without enough exercise daily, you may see unwanted behaviours such as barking, chewing, digging, and at times even destruction.
Airedale Terrier love being around their family, they love being left alone but above all else, due to having the energy to do so, they love playing all day as well. Not so much rough play or being chased, but they enjoy activities and doing anything else with their family.
The Airedale Terrier are a friendly, clever and courageous dog. While like most well taken-care of dogs, they are loyal to their family, they will do what they can to keep them out of harm’s way.
However, it is still advised, as the owner, to never let them engage with other animals that are much larger. They may be loyal and a King of Terrier’s, but that does not mean they are skilled fighters or guard dogs.
It’s always recommended to have them enrol in puppy school when they are young. This will help them socialize and help both you & your Airedale Terrier understanding the basis and concept of puppy training.
Unlike most Kings, the Airedale Terrier are not known to be fussy eaters, they will generally eat anything you throw at them.
The recommended daily amount is 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. However, your Airedale Terrier may have special needs or preferences. Please consult your local vet for the best options for a healthy balanced diet.
Airedale Terrier were originally bred to be a versatile hunting, scenting and working dog. Similar to most terriers.
Their main task were to hunt vermin’s such as badgers, weasels, rats, mice, and even some birds like hawks and owls.
To create the perfect hunting Terrier which they later crowned King, they breed other Terriers such as the Otterhound, Welsh Terrier, Irish Terrier and Bull Terrier.
Later the King was officially recognized by AKC as an official purebred species in the 1936.
Even though centuries have passed, Airedale Terrier are still well known for their ability to catch pets in teh common homes.
Fun Fact: The Airedale Terrier was a popular breed with the US Presidents, Woodrow Wilson (28th), Warren G Harding (29th) and Calvin Coolidge (30th) all had one named Davie, Laddie Boy and Laddie Buck respectively.