Known as the "king of terriers", the Airedale Terrier is an active dog breed requiring lots of exercise. With training, many excel at hunting, obedience and agility competitions. Due to their high energy levels, these non-shedding, medium sized dogs are not the best choice for families with toddlers, however they do well with families of older, respectful children.
Airedale Terrier Facts:
Grooming: The non-shedding, wirey, double-coat of an Airedale Terrier will need weekly brushings and grooming (stripping or clipping) every 3 months.
Social Skills: Can live in harmony with dogs and other household pets if socialized early.
Personality: Independent, stubborn, territorial, and playful. Initially wary of strangers or visitors. Generally quiet and fearless towards any aggressor. Make good watchdogs. Loyal to their owners. Can be stubborn and do not not always come when called.
Children: Very good with older respectful children. Not best choice for families with toddlers.
Housing: Requires fenced in yards. Not best for apartment or condo dwellers due to high activity.
Exercise: Very active and need lots of exercise.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily - begin early training. Needs strong, confident owner that uses discipline and positive reinforcement training.
Health: Hip dysplasia, eye problems, skin infections. More information on Airedale Terrier inherited health disorders.
History: Airedale Terriers have an origin from Great Britain and are descendants of the now extinct Black and Tan Terriers with some Otter Hound. They were developed to chase their prey (badgers and otters) into water. Germans also imported the breed to become police, guard and war dogs.