|Group:||Terriers (Group 2)|
|Club:||Airedale Terrier Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mrs Catherine Raven|
Background The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the Terrier breeds, and was created in the Aire Valley, Yorkshire, England during the 1810s-1870s. The Otterhound was crossed with the now extinct Old English Black and Tan Terrier. This produced an intelligent, dual purpose working dog, capable of hunting with the Miners and guarding the women and children when the men were at work.
Airedales were used in the First World War to carry messages through enemy lines and as Police dogs and guard dogs. In other parts of the world they were used for hunting and retrieving. The modern Airedale Terrier’s primary purpose is as a companion and family dog.
Average Lifespan The average lifespan of an Airedale is 12 - 14 years, although some reach 16 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament This is linked to the dog’ development. They are an all rounder, possessed of sound temperament, great intelligence, an instinctive desire to protect their family from any perceived danger.
The head, throat, shoulders, thighs and legs are tan in colour. The back of the neck, back and inside tail is black or grizzle, the grizzle will have a mixture of black, tan and white hairs. Puppies are born black with tan points and can be six months old before developing an adult colouring.
Their active minds have enabled them to succeed in obedience and agility trials. Some have qualified as therapy dogs.
Compatibility with other pets An Airedale Terrier puppy will happily settle in with other pets such as cats, rabbits etc. This bonding does not extend to pets outside the family home. It is recommended that when two animals are kept they be of opposite sexes. This may prevent any problems of dominance on maturity.
Care Requirements Airedale Terriers have a hard wiry outer coat and a shorter undercoat of soft hair. This coat protects them from becoming chilled when wet. The hard hair also protects the dog from seeds or burrs. A good brush and comb once a week will keep the coat in good condition. Use a hard bristle or wire brush and a metal wide toothed comb. Pets are normally clipped two or three times a year. Show dogs are hand stripped. The Airedale does not shed hair continuously, but will need thorough brushing to remove the thick dead hair after the winter. Do not let your dog become infested with fleas and check for ticks regularly, if they are in your area.
The Airedale is an active energetic dog and needs regular exercise and play, including training. They are equally at home in a suburban backyard or a large property. Boredom may result in hole digging or the removal of washing from the line and a garden hose lying around will provide much fun for a young dog.
In Conclusion There have been Airedale Terriers in Australia since the 1890s making the Breed well known. If you decide this is the breed of dog for you ask yourself if you have:
If you answer these questions with a yes your next step is to contact the relevant body in your State for further information about Breeders and Clubs listed with them.