From the army to the Whitehouse, Airedales are considered class-act dogs having served as watchdogs for the military and as loyal chums to past presidents. Known as the “King of Terriers,” –they’re the largest of the group–Airedales actually have a clownish disposition. They are extremely energetic and playful. Early training can minimize unwanted terrier-esque qualities such as rowdiness and provide a dignified but fun-loving companion.
Airedales need long daily walks (totalling 60-90 minutes) and off-leash romps in the park to stay happy, healthy…and out of trouble.
Expect to find some loose hair on your clothes and furniture.
Barking and Volume:
The breed is not overly barky. For Airedales, barking can be a sign of aggression…or boredom. Remember, Airedales are highly intelligent and need stimulation to stay happy.
Airedales are quick learners and are exceptionally versatile. You will need to keep obedience training interesting. A puppy class is recommended.
Health Factors: The Airedale Terrier is a hardy breed. hip dysplasia is the most common genetic disorder affecting the breed. Note: Airedales have a high tolerance for pain, which can lead to injuries going undetected until it’s too late. Use your grooming time to do a thorough inspection. *A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming:Home grooming and trips to a professional groomer twice a year.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class will do.
Airedales wiry, stiff coat is easily maintained with regular brushing. Twice a year when they shed, it is advisable to have them professionally stripped by a groomer.
If trained and socialized properly, the breed can be a great companion for children.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Airedales are natural hunters and, as with any terrier, they will chase small animals. Care needs to be taken if you’ve got small pets at home. Airedale Terriers may also try to assert themselves with other dogs but early socialization can help in this regard.
Friendliness: Towards People
This breed is loving and very protective towards their parents. They’re good with strangers, as well.
BE PREPARED FOR: An energetic playmate (read: potentially rambunctious) but a very protective and loyal companion.