The Airedale Terrier (also named the “King of Terriers”, “Waterside Terrier” or “Airedale” for short) is the largest of all terrier breeds. They feature a square-shaped head with a wiry black and tan coat. Their intelligence, sense of adventure and high level of energy all help in making the Airedale Terrier a suitable breed of dog for hunting, police work and agility or as a companion for active owners.
Origins Of The Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier is known to have first appeared in Airedale in England during the mid-19th century and was favored by hunters for their versatility in catching foxes, badgers, otters and other prey. They are thought to have been created by working class people who cross-bred the Otterhound with the Welsh Terrier.
Average Size Of The Airedale Terrier
Airedale Terriers are classed as a medium to large-sized dog. The suggested standard size for the Airedale Terrier male is 23 inches tall from paw to shoulder and a weight of 50-70 pounds, while the suggested size for female Airedale Terriers is 22 inches high from paw to shoulder with a weight of 45-70 pounds.
Temperament Of The Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier is renowned for their bold, adventurous and sometimes domineering temperament. They are characteristically friendly with strangers, which can make them quite unsuitable as a guard dog.
The Airedale Terrier is also demonstrated to be quite intelligent – placing equal 29th compared to other dogs when considering their ability to be taught obedience commands.
They are also well-known to be a little too boisterous for most children – meaning they are not always suitable as a family pet. The Airedale Terrier gets along with other animals such as cats or birds if they’re raised with them but can often become aggressive with other dogs.
Living Requirements Of The Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier needs at least an average-sized yard to run around in, so they are quite unsuitable for apartment life.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Airedale Terrier
In the vein of a lot of medium to large-sized breeds of dogs, the Airedale Terrier is commonly slightly shorter-lived possessing a life expectancy of 10-13 years. The biggest health problem for Airedale Terriers is regularly proven to be hip dysplasia. They are also vulnerable to conditions including bloat, skin allergies and dry skin conditions which can be prevented with an appropriate diet.
Exercise Needs Of The Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier loves activities which include running around the yard, playing games of fetch or tug of war, agility, swimming and going for a jog alongside a bicycle. They possess a high level of energy that mellows with age and need to be given exercise each day in the manner of long walks to put a stop to destructive behavior problems like digging, chewing or excessive barking that can result from a lack of physical and mental stimulation.