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Airedale Terrier

Description: The Airedale Terrier is known as the "king of terriers." They excel in agility, eyesight, hearing and have untiring courage. They have a sweet disposition, but may be aloof with strangers. Airedale Terriers have excelled in being a hunter for foxes, badgers, weasels, otters, water rats and ducks. The Airedale Terrier makes a good jogging partner because of their athletic physique. They are all tan except for their black saddle, black tail and sometimes black ears. Their fur is wiry and hard, as it appears. The ears are dropped down and they have a long muzzle with a beard at the end. Owners should be strong and confident who can combine firm discipline with patience and precision. They are good with older children and they make a loyal family pet. Not an ideal apartment dog, they should have a fenced yard. The Airedale Terrier is an intelligent breed, with responsive and loyal abilities. They make great playmates as well as excellent companions and hunters.

Other Names: Working Terrier, Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier

Type: Terrier

Weight: 44 - 50 lbs.

Colors: They have a black saddle on a tan body, with top of the neck and the top surface of the tail black or grizzle, and all other parts tan.

Coat: Hard, dense and wiry with a soft undercoat.

Temperament: Airedale Terriers are intelligent, responsive, and loyal. They have a playfulness about them that makes them ideal playmates for older

children. They have a "dignified aloofness" towards all. It has been said about them that they "can do anything any other dog can do--and then lick the other dog."

With Children: Yes, the Airedale Terrier will play if the children are mature enough. They are excellent playmates.

With Pets: Yes, they do well with other pets.

Watch-dog: High.

Guard-dog: High.

Care and Training: Brush with a stiff bristle brush to remove dead hair three times a week. Minimal trimming is needed. Bathe only when necessary. Their fur should be hand-stripped twice a year. Airedale Terriers need daily exercise. They are responsive to training and the easiest to train of all the terriers.

Learning Rate: High. They have great intelligence. Obedience - High. Problem Solving - High.

Activity: High. These dogs are very active.

Special Needs: Exercise, grooming, socialization, training.

Living Environment: House them with a fenced yard. They do better in a rural or suburban home with an active family. They require daily exercise and attention. The best owner for this breed would be an active owner with time for the breed living in a rural or suburban area.

Health Issues: Airedale Terriers may suffer from eye problems, hip dysplasia, skin infections, and bloat (also known as gastric torsion or twisted stomach). Bloat is a common health issue to dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer. Deep-chested dogs are more susceptible to it.

Source: www.puppydogweb.com
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