Airedale Terrier Information
Airedales are the largest of all terriers with males standing at about 23 inches in the shoulder and females only a bit smaller. Clever, confident and alert, the Airedale has a sweet disposition but isn’t afraid to stick up for himself. The breed is thought to have originated in the Aire River valley in England in the mid 1800s and was used to hunt large rats found in the area.
Airedales’ wiry, tan coat does require regular brushing and stripping. The breed also needs regular exercise and stimulation, as it can get bored easily. You can count on Airedales to be great with children and other pets and very easy to train.
Airedale Terrier History
The Airedale Terrier is a cross, primarily of the old English rough-coated Black and Tan Terrier and the Otterhound. The breed originates from Airedale, a valley in Yorkshire named for the River Aire.
These dogs were used by hunters who would pair them up with hounds to chase prey and then the Airedale would complete the kill. This showed the Airdale’s courage to track down pray even into its burrow. These dogs made great guardians of farm and homes.
The Airedale was used to transport mail and messages to soldiers during World War I. They were also used by the Red Cross to uncover wounded soldiers. Police initially used Airdales before switching to German Shepherds. U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge and Warren Harding owned the breed.
Airedale Terrier Training & Temperament
Airedales are intelligent dogs who are happy to comply with their owners and easy to train. Being intelligent, however, means that they are prone to boredom and stubbornness if you don’t mix up the training regimen. It’s a good idea to provide activities and mentally stimulating toys to keep them occupied in combination with obedience training.
Airedale Terrier Exercise
Airdales, like other Terriers, have a high level of energy. This breed will need activity several times per day. This can include walks and play sessions in a yard or dog park.
Airedale Terrier Grooming
Airedales don’t shed too much, but it’s a good idea to brush them weekly to take care of loose hairs and maintain their coat. The coat overall needs little maintenance. The occasional bath can be given to keep clean as well as a few times a year the dog can be professionally groomed/clipped.
Airedale Terrier Health
Airedales are a healthy breed, one item to keep an eye out for is hip dysplasia. As with other dogs, ears should be checked and cleaned and teeth should be brushed.