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Airedale Terrier

Breed origin: Valley of the Aire in England
Original purpose: Wartime guard, messenger duty, rodent control and hunting birds and game.

AKC recognized: 1888
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: 45 to 70 lbs
Size: Height: males around 23 inches; females slightly less
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Color: Tan with some black or dark grizzle on the sides and upper parts of the body. A small white blaze on the chest is a characteristic of certain strains of the breed.

Life span: 10 to 13 years (median is 11.5 years).

General characteristics/temperament: The Airedale is sweet, intelligent, independent, alert and energetic. They are not aggresive, but if challenged, are not afraid to stand up for themselves. Obedience training is important for these quick learners, but make sure to keep it interesting they can get bored easily! They also thrive with daily exercise. Although relatively easy to maintain, the Airedale coat needs regular brushing and stripping. The Airedale Terrier is the largest and hardiest of the terriers, and an all around useful dog.

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Good with children? Possible if raised or well-socialized with them, but may play too rough with very young children.

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? No

Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, Schutzhund, hunting

Exercise requirement: Daily exercise.

Grooming requirement: Brush weekly and strip periodically. With regular grooming, Airedales typically shed very little, but it varies with each individual.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, allergies, dermatitis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, gastric dilatation volvulus.


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Recommended books for further reading:


Airedale Terriers (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Dorothy M. Miner
Published in 1998
96 pages

Airedale Terrier (Comprehensive Guide)
By Bardi McLennan
Published in 2005
155 pages

The Airedale Terrier Today (Book of the Breed)
By Janet Huxley
Published in 2000
176 pages

Airedale Terrier (Pet Owner's Guide)
By Janet Huxley
Published in 2000
80 pages


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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Airedale Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Airedale Terrier Club of America Rescue



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