Airedale Terrier


Brief History
The Airedale Terrier, or the “King of Terriers’’ hunted vermin, along the riverbanks in the Aire Valley, Yorkshire, during the Industrial Revolution over 150 years ago. Working men developed a dog from the small, local, broken haired terriers, adding size with crosses to Otterhounds and even Bull Terriers. The claim as a ‘’Terrier’’ is not based on going to ground but on temperament. During WW1 the breed was used as a police dog, messenger, for rescue and as "four legged spies" on front lines.  The Airedale has been known to excel as a guide dog, at hunting and retrieving and obedience. Australian breeders have, for the last 50 years, been dedicated to breeding a dog that has ideal temperament for society today and have bought in bloodlines with the sweetest temperament.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. The average life span is 10 to 14 years.

Comedians, versatile, too clever!

Airedales are generally a reliable, friendly dog, social with other dogs, adults and children and off lead at the dog park. Airedales are quick to learn, however, they are bored by repetition, so training must be short and inventive. Airedales are not one person dogs and want the whole family. The family dog can become deadly serious if he thinks they are under threat. He will protect them. Occasionally, you do find Airedales of very soft temperaments or a tougher dog that needs more discipline.

General Breed Description
The largest of the terriers, the Airedale is a decidedly square dog in balance. Even his long head is squared off by his beard. His tail is set at twelve o’clock, often curling over his back. A trimmed Airedale is an aristocrat. An untrimmed Airedale is a Teddy Bear. Puppies are born black with tan points. Adults can vary in colour from rich black and tan to grizzle and tan. The coat has harsh, often crinkled topcoat and soft undercoat.

Coat and Care Requirements
Great inside because he doesn’t shed, an Airedale should be combed at least weekly. Bathing as needed. He needs clipping or stripping at least twice a year. The smoothest coat will pick up less dirt than the curly one. Correct diet will keep his teeth clean. Airedales demand attention. Ever adaptable, at home they will supervise whatever the tasks are for the day. The daily walk hold be somewhere they can run off lead. They love to dig holes and a sandpit will be put to use. While males are often more laid back than females, two males in the same house is not ideal.

Height: Males 58 to 61cms (23 to 23ins), Females: 56 to 59cms (22 to 23ins).

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed health and what health testing the breeder does. Hip Screening of breeding Airedales is recommended.

You will never be bored with an Airedale! They are great with anyone who has time to spend with them and are fine living suburbia. Airedales will wait out the day while you work but they are not a dog to be ignored, when you are home. They need company, training by reward and a walk. If introduced correctly they can be fine with cats and chickens, although some small pets may be irresistible.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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