wiry coated, medium size, athletic watchdog.
AKC Registered Breed
Here is a little history of the Airedale and what to expect if you get one.
Approximately 200 years ago in England some farmers decided to cross a black and tan terrier with a Otterhound in hopes of getting a dog that had all the terrier’s good points (agility, sight and hearing) along with the hounds sense of tracking.
The farmers were looking for a dog to hunt small prey like badgers and weasels that roamed the land.
Their end result was a wonderful dog that became very popular for hunting foxes, which was a great sport in days of yore.
The breed was known as the Waterside Terrier or Bingely Terrier until 1886 when the Kennel Club of England renamed it the Airedale Terrier.
This breed has been a favorite of presidents, movie stars and other celebrities.
The Airedale Terrier makes a great companion, it is a protector of its home and family and it loves to play.
Airedales are not barkers, but when they do bark you should be on the alert as to why they are barking.
They will talk to you with a variety of noises and some are known to be “great snorers.”
Health wise they are quite healthy and will live a 10 to 12 year life span.
A few Airedales have been known to have hip dysplasia, some suffer from skin allergies and thyroid imbalances.
If you are looking for a dog that is intelligent, non-shedding, easy to train, and devoted, this is a breed you should check into.
However, this dog requires mental and physical stimulation, it will out-smart you if given the chance, you need a sense of humor to have this dog as it has a mind of its own.
Airedales are good with children (as always never leave a young child alone with any dog) and they are fairly good with other pets.
If you have other pets it is best to get a puppy in order to bring it up with the other pets.
Airedales can be controlling as they grow older and they need someone that has time to give them the training and attention they need.