If you are after a pet that is playful, mischievous and active, you would be hard pressed to look past the “king of terriers”, the Airedale Terrier. Here’s what you need to know.
The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all of the terrier breeds of dogs with the breed weighing up to 25 kilograms and standing up to 61cm tall. The dog is known for their squarish, sturdy build and they have a strong, deep chest. The Airedale Terrier has a soft undercoat, and a wiry outer coat. The coat comes in colours such as black and tan and grizzle and tan. The coat has a characteristic wave to it which is really quite attractive.
The Airedale Terrier is a very energetic dog that is also smart and protective. They make an excellent watch dog as they’ll always let you know when someone is coming. Their energy and intelligence means that they require correct training in order to ensure that they are properly socialised and obedient. They are now known as being excellent companion dogs and play well with children and other pets but you should always bring the dog up with them from a puppy, and supervise them well. One charming trait of the Airedale Terrier is that they will stay puppyish for most of their lives, staying playful and mischievous long after they’ve “grown up”.
The Airedale Terrier needs to be thoroughly brushed and combed at least weekly in order to keep the coat in good condition. You will find that the dog will require clipping twice or three times yearly. The Airedale Terrier will live for around 14 years on average but it can live for 16 years or more with a good diet and plenty of TLC.
As the Airedale Terrier is quite active, they are best suited to homes that have a backyard big enough for them to run around in. The owner will also need to be willing to take the dog for walks daily and to play with them regularly so that they don’t become bored and destructive. The owner will also need to have good, secure fences. The Airedale Terrier is not recommended for people that live in apartments.