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There are many breeds which are often better suited as companions rather than family pets thanks to their small and tiny size. Medium and large size breeds are often better suited to families with children, although it's important to note that not all breeds tolerate being roughly handled by younger kids. Large and Giant breeds tend to be a little too large to be around toddlers and younger children simply because of their huge size, although very often many of these breeds are in fact gentle giants.
Pets4homes always recommends that potential owners take into account a breed's size before making their final decision on which type of dog would be best suited to their families and lifestyles.
Pets4Homes rates the "Airedale Terrier " breed as 4 out of 5 for "Size "
Many breeds are high-energy dogs which is particularly true of "working dogs". Dogs that boast having a lot of energy need to be kept busy mentally and physically to be truly happy, well-balanced characters when they live in a home environment. They need a ton of exercise which has to include keeping their minds occupied which makes them the perfect choice for people who lead active, outdoor lives and who like to have a canine companion at their side.
Breeds that are considered low-energy are just as happy lounging around the home as they are being taken out for a walk and they are the perfect choice for people who lead more sedentary, quiet lives.
Pets4homes always recommends that potential owners take a dog's energy levels and exercise requirements into account when choosing a breed so it matches their own lifestyle.
Pets4Homes rates the "Airedale Terrier " breed as 4 out of 5 for "Exercise Needs "
Some breeds are known to be highly intelligent which generally means they are easier to train and that they learn new things quickly. However, because a breed is known to be a fast learner, it means they are just as quick to pick up bad habits too.
Other breeds take their time to learn new things and need more in the way of repetition to get it right which in short, means more time and patience is needed when training them.
Pets4homes always recommends that potential owners take the time to read up on a dog's intelligence and their needs before making the final decision on which breed is best for them.
Pets4Homes rates the "Airedale Terrier " breed as 4 out of 5 for "Easy to Train "
All dogs shed whether it's hair or dander (dead skin) with some breeds shedding more than others. As such, living with a dog means having to put up with a little or a lot of hair being left around the house and on clothes. Some breeds shed all year round, whereas other breeds typically blow their coats a couple of times a year which is when they shed the most.
A few breeds shed steadily throughout the year and blow their coats in the Spring and Autumn too, whereas other breeds only shed a little hair no matter what time of the year it is. Houseproud people should choose a low shedding breed to make their lives easier and there are a lot of low shedding breeds to choose from.
Pets4homes always recommends that potential owners check how much a breed sheds before making a final decision so they are well prepared for their new pet's presence in the home.
Pets4Homes rates the "Airedale Terrier " breed as 3 out of 5 for "Amount of Shedding "
A lot of breeds are easy maintenance on the grooming front and only need a weekly brush to keep their coats looking good and their skin in great condition. Other breeds are much higher maintenance and ideally need to be professionally groomed a few times a year to keep their coats nicely trimmed and looking good which can add to the cost of keeping a dog considerably.
Pets4homes always advises potential owners to check out how much grooming a dog's coat requires before making the final decision on which breed would be best for them.
Pets4Homes rates the "Airedale Terrier " breed as 3 out of 5 for "Grooming Needs "
Some breeds are not tolerant of children at all, whilst other are exceptionally good around children of all ages and will tolerate being pulled about, they put up with noisy environments when kids shout, scream and chase around like toddlers and younger children often do.
However, all children need to be taught how to behave around dogs, how to handle them and when it is time to leave a dog alone which is especially true when it's meal time.
Pets4homes always recommends that any interaction between toddlers and younger children be supervised by an adult to make sure playtime stays calm and things never get too rough.
We recommend that you never leave any child alone with your dog, even for a few minutes, no matter what breed of dog you have. If you do have younger children and are looking to buy or adopt a dog, we advise against larger or strong dog breeds.
For further advice please read the following article on Keeping Children Safe around Dogs
Pets4Homes rates the "Airedale Terrier " breed as 5 out of 5 for "Good With Children "
A few breeds are known to suffer from specific hereditary and congenital health issues, although good breeding practices go a long way in reducing the risk of a dog developing a genetic disorder.
With this said, not all dogs will develop a hereditary disorder during the course of their lives, but the risk is greatly increased if they are not bred responsibly.
Pets4homes always recommends that potential owners ask breeders about any genetic diseases that are known to affect a breed and to see all the results of DNA and other tests carried out on parent dogs before they commit to buying a puppy from them.
Pets4Homes rates the "Airedale Terrier " breed as 3 out of 5 for "Health of Breed "
Apart from purchasing a puppy or dog, there are other expenses that need to be factored into owning and caring for them correctly. This includes the cost of vaccinating, neutering and spaying a dog when the time is right. Other costs include investing in good quality collars, leads and coats which many smaller breeds need to wear during the colder months. Apart from these expenses, there's pet insurance to consider which lots of owners choose to take out just in case their dogs fall sick or get injured.
Vet bills include things like regular check-ups and annual boosters which help reduce the risk of dogs catching any nasty diseases. Frequent visits to the vet also helps catch any health issues earlier rather than later which often means the prognosis is a lot better for a dog.
Pets4homes always recommends that potential dog owners calculate just how much it would cost to keep and care for a dog making sure they are fed the right kind of food to suit the different stages of their lives which helps ensure they stay healthy right through to their golden years.
Pets4Homes rates the "Airedale Terrier " breed as 3 out of 5 for "Cost to Keep "
A lot of breeds form extremely strong ties with their owners which means they stress out when they are left on their own which includes for short periods of time. As a result of being left alone dogs can become destructive around the house which is their way of relieving the anxiety they may be experiencing and not necessarily because they are being naughty.
Breeds that form strong bonds with their families are best suited to households where at least one person stays at home when everyone else is out because they are at greater risk of developing separation anxiety.
Pets4homes always recommends that potential owners check out just how tolerant a breed is of being left on their own before making the final decision on which breed would best suit their lifestyle.
Pets4Homes also recommends that no dog be left alone at home for more than 4 hours at a time.
Pets4Homes rates the "Airedale Terrier " breed as 3 out of 5 for "Tolerates Being Alone "
A lot of working breeds were bred to be independent thinkers capable of doing their job on their own when needed. These dogs have evolved to be highly intelligent with some breeds being more than capable of working for extremely long periods of time.
Just because a dog is extremely intelligent does not mean they are easy to live with because like the Border Collie, they can be very demanding when it comes to the amount of exercise and mental stimulation they need to be truly well-balanced, happy dogs when they live in a home environment.
Highly intelligent dogs do well when they take part in "obedience training" and other canine activities where they get to use their brains while at the same time having a great workout.
Pets4homes always recommends that potential owners check out a breed's intelligence and their specific energy needs before making their final decision so their dog's needs fit in well with their lifestyle.
Pets4Homes rates the "Airedale Terrier " breed as 4 out of 5 for "Intelligence "
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Known to be the "King of Terriers", the Airedale boasts being the largest of the terrier breeds. Native to the UK and originally bred in Yorkshire, this elegant dog is thought to have been given their name when they attended the Airedale Show, an event where many "waterside dogs" were exhibited back in the day.
The Airedale Terrier is a very distinguished and unique looking dog that boasts tremendous scenting abilities. Over time they have been used in many countries of the world for this very reason helping the armed forces and police in their line of work. As a family pet, these dogs are renowned for being especially good with children of all ages and in general, they very rarely show any aggressive behaviour towards other dogs and family pets, quickly becoming a valued, loyal and devoted member of the family.
The Airedale was first bred in the Aire River Valley, Yorkshire in the 19th Century when mill workers of the day crossed Black and Tan Terriers with the English Bull Terriers and Otterhounds. They wanted to breed a dog that boasted enough stamina to handle a full days' hunting with horses when the occasion called for it, and a dog with a tough terrier nature needed to kill vermin, foxes and ferrets. These terriers also needed to be the right size to cope with going to ground while at the same time have an ability to cope with water should they need to chase their quarry through it. The result of their endeavours produced the Airedale Terrier.
During the First World War the popularity of the Airedale Terrier increased rapidly due to their excellent scenting abilities, their brave natures and their larger size. As previously mentioned they were often used as Military Police dogs and messengers carrying important messages to soldiers who were fighting on the front lines.
As a larger size terrier, it took many years for people to accept their Terrier status, and to this day, there are strict breed standards in place with regards to an Airedale Terrier's size. The breed was first officially recognised by the Kennel Club in 1886 and has continued to be a popular choice of family pet and companion dog not only here in the UK but elsewhere in the world too.
Height at the withers: Males 58 - 61 cm, Females 56 - 59 cm
Average Weight: Males 23 - 29 kg, Females 18 - 20 kg
Airedales boast being the largest of the terrier group and they have a very distinct and unique look with their proud stance and black and tan coats. These are known as being "broken" when describing terrier breeds. They are powerful and muscular dogs that lean to the cobby side. They hold their long, flat heads proudly which adds to their overall proud look.
Airedale Terriers boast smallish, dark eyes with a distinct intelligent and keen look about them. Their ears have a distinct V-shape in the fold and are set neatly on the side of a dog's head. Their lower and upper jaws are strong looking and muscular with a precise scissor bite to suit the job they were originally bred to do.
Their necks are moderate in length and muscular, widening very gradually down to a dog's shoulders which are strong and neatly laid back. Front legs are long and powerful looking and their feet are compact, neat and round. As previously mentioned, the Airedale Terrier has a "cobby" appearance which sees their bodies compact with a short back that's level over a well-sprung ribcage and well-proportioned deep, but not broad chest.
An Airedale's hindquarters boast being powerful with a well-muscled second thigh that goes down to compact, small feet that boast well-cushioned slightly arched pads. Their tails are set high and dogs carry them gaily showing eagerness whether at play or when being put through their paces.
When it comes to an Airedale's coat, their outer coat is dense and wiry with a slight kink in it and it lies close to a dog's body while their undercoat is much softer and shorter in length. They boast a striking black and tan colour with the "saddle" on their backs being black or grizzle while the rest of their body is a tan colour. Their ears are a slightly darker tan and dogs may have a little bit of shading around their necks and on the side of their heads too which is perfectly acceptable. Occasionally, an Airedale may have some white hairs between their front legs which again is acceptable as a breed standard.
Airedale Terriers are high energy dogs and they are extremely intelligent which means they are easy to train. However, they can be quite independent minded which borders on being stubborn at times. As such, they are not the best choice of pets for first-time owners because these dogs need to be handled and trained with a gentle, but firm hand from a young age. Airedale puppies really do benefit from being taken to puppy classes so they can be well socialised early on in their lives and this helps them grow up to be well-rounded, confident dogs.
Airedales need to be introduced to as many new people, other animals and situations as early as possible when they are young to be truly happy and obedient mature dogs. They also respond extremely well to positive reinforcement training throughout their lives and need to be reminded who is Alpha Dog from time to time.
Airedales were originally bred as working and hunting dogs and as such they still retain a very strong prey drive, much like many of their other terrier cousins which is another reason why their training and socialising has to start as early in their lives as possible. They are very loyal characters and they form strong bonds with members of the family which they instinctively protect when needed.
Because Airedales are so intelligent and high energy characters, they need to be kept as busy as possible which means lots of walks, interactive games and other forms of mental stimulation to keep their minds occupied. If left to their own devices for long periods of time, boredom soon sets in and this can result in an Airedale developing some unwanted and destructive behaviours around the home.
The Airedale Terrier is an extremely intelligent dog and in the right hands with the correct amount of training and guidance, these dogs learn quickly and are therefore easy to train. Being terriers, they boast having a strong prey drive which means early socialisation is essential for these dogs to accept being around other animals. Their training has to include a strong "recall" command right from the start.
Airedales respond well to positive reinforcement training, but they need to handled firmly and fairly so they understand who is alpha dog in a household. When they know their place in the "pack", Airedales are great family pets as well as very able working dogs.
Airedale Terriers are known to be very good around children of all ages and thrive being in a family environment. As with any other large breed, an Airedale may just knock a smaller child over albeit by accident which is just one of the reasons why any interaction between children and a dog has to be well supervised by an adult.
As previously mentioned, the Airedale Terrier is true to their type and as such these dogs have retained a very strong prey drive which means they might see a small pet or cat as "fair game". This is why it's so important to socialise these dogs from a young age and to introduce them to any small pets and other dogs they have not met before very carefully. With this said, Airedale Terriers rarely show aggressive behaviour towards other dogs, but it is always best to err on the side of caution.
For further advice please read our article on Keeping Children Safe around Dogs .
The average life expectancy of an Airedale Terrier is between 11 and 12 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit their ages.
As with many other pedigree dogs, the Airedale Terrier is known to suffer from certain hereditary and acquired health issues which are worth knowing about if you are thinking about sharing your home with one of these proud dogs. The disorders the breed is prone to suffer from includes the following:
- Hip Dysplasia - tests available
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy
- Von Willebrand's Disease
- Certain Cancers
- Chronic Superficial Keratitis (pannus)
- Spondylosis Deformans
- Atopy - allergy
- Bloat/Gastric Torsion
As with any other breed, Airedale Terriers need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in tip-top condition. They also benefit from being professionally groomed at least 3 times a year. These high energy dogs need to be given regular daily exercise so they remain fit and healthy. On top of this, Airedales need to be fed a good quality, well-balanced diet throughout their lives to ensure all their nutritional needs are met.
Airedale Terriers are what is known as a "trimmed breed" as such they need regular grooming to ensure both their coats and skin stay in good condition. Puppies need to be taught to stand still on a table to make life easier when they need to be trimmed which will need to be done at least three times a year, although this does depend on a dog's coat.
A puppy would need their first "trim" when they are around 6 months old and ideally, this should be done by a professional dog groomer who would be happy to let you watch them groom your dog so you get to see how it is done. Older Airedales need to he "hand stripped", not clipped and again, it's best to leave this task up to a professional dog groomer unless you know exactly what it entails and how to do it yourself.
Airedales do shed quite a bit and like other breeds, this tends to be more in the Spring and then again in the Autumn when more frequent brushing may be necessary to keep on top of things.
Being high-energy dogs, Airedale Terriers need to be given the correct amount of exercise on a daily basis and ideally this should be 2 hours. The more exercise an Airedale gets, the happier they are and it needs to include lots of mental stimulation. With this said, puppies should not be taken out for long walks to begin with because they are still growing and developing so too much physical exercise would put a little too much strain on their joints and bones.
Once they've had all their shots, puppies can be taken on short walks so they get to meet new people, other dogs and it's important for them to be introduced to new situations which all goes a long way when it comes to a dog growing into a well-balanced and confident character that is a pleasure to be around and take anywhere.
Airedale Terriers need to be fed a good quality, well-balanced diet throughout their lives making sure it meets all their nutritional needs when they puppies, mature dogs and then when they reach their golden years.
If you've decided on getting an Airedale puppy from a breeder, they will have provided you with a feeding schedule for them. It's important to keep to their feeding routine and to feed the same type of food to avoid them developing a tummy upset. You can change the food, but this needs to be done gradually over a period of a few weeks and it has to be good quality puppy food because Airedales do a lot of growing and developing in the first 12 months of their lives.
A mature Airedale expends a lot of energy during the day which means they need to be fed a good quality diet to meet their nutritional needs. They are not known to be fussy or finicky eaters, but this does not mean you can opt to feed an Airedale a lower quality diet.
Because the breed is known to suffer from bloat/gastric torsion, it's essential not to feed an Airedale Terrier just before they are due to go out for a walk and you should not feed them straight away on their return home from a walk either. It's best to wait for a dog to cool down before offering them any food to avoid them developing bloat. It's also a good idea to feed an adult dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening for the same reason.
If you are looking to buy a Airedale Terrier, you would need to pay anything from £350 to well over £1000 for a well-bred pedigree puppy. The cost of insuring a 3 year old Airedale Terrier in northern England would be £22.01 a month for basic cover but for a lifetime policy, this would set you back £48.93 a month (quote as of March 2016). When insurance companies calculate pet insurance, they factor in a few things and this includes where you live in the UK and a dog's age and breed.
When it comes to food costs, you would need to buy the best quality dog food whether wet or dry to feed your dog throughout their lives making sure it suits the different stages of their lives too. This would set you back between £30-£50 a month. On top of all of this, you would need to factor in veterinary costs if you want to share your home with an Airedale which includes their initial vaccinations, their boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying your dog when the time is right and then their annual health check visits, all of which could quickly add up to over a £1000 a year.
As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for an Airedale would be £60 to £100 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog, but this does not include the initial cost of buying a pedigree Airedale Terrier puppy.
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