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Read About Airdale Terrier

Airdale Terrier, 'The king of terriers', is known to be a loyal and friendly dog. It's an ideal watchdog. Here's everything you need to know about this dog breed.

Airdale Terrier - Dog Breed Facts

1.     AKC Group:

Terrier Group.

2.     Size & Weight:

22-24 inches; 45-50 lbs.

3.     Coat:

They have a hard, wiry overcoat and a soft undercoat. Their coat is known to be waterproof.

4.     ImageHead & Muzzle:

Their skull is long and flat. They have small, dark eyes and a black nose.

5.     Body:

Their chest is deep Front legs are straight and muscular. They have long, muscular thighs and a docked tail.

6.     Colors:

The coat is usually tan with black markings.

7.     Life Expectancy:

10-12 years.

8.     Popularity:

They are not that popular. AKC rank: 52

9.     Habitat:

They are not suitable for apartment life as they are active and need plenty of space to exercise.

Airdale Terrier - Dog Breed Origins

1.     Country of Origin:


2.     Lineage:

They belong to the terriers developed in England in 19th century.

3.     Date Admitted to AKC:


4.     Historical Information:

This breed was developed in England in the 19th century for hunting vermin like otters. They were also used in wars and are one of the first breeds to be used by the police in Germany and England.

Airdale Terrier - Dog Breed Defining Characteristics

1.     Training Ease:

Training these dogs might be tiresome as they are stubborn. They should be trained gently.

2.     Temperament:

Airedale terriers are loyal, playful and intelligent dogs. Good obedience training should be given to make them good family pets.

3.     Child Friendly:

Socialization training at an early stage will make the dog child friendly.

4.     Behavior:

They have a protective attitude which makes them suspicious towards strangers. They tend to pick fights with other dogs.

5.     Habits:

They are very active and like to play a lot.

Airdale Terrier - Dog Breed Concerns

1.     Health Issues:

Some are prone to hip dysphasia and skin allergies.

2.     Feeding:

A special diet has to be followed when the dog has skin problem. Generally food with starch and high fiber content is recommended.

3.     ImageExercise Needs:

These dogs are very active and need lots of exercise. They tend to become restless when they don't get enough exercise.

4.     Grooming Needs:

These dogs need good grooming. Hair should be plucked twice a year. The hair should be trimmed and regular washing of the beard is necessary to prevent it from caking.

5.     Special Household Needs:

A leash is a must if the dog is left in the yard as it might pick fights with other dogs.

6.     Travel Needs:

Dog food and bowls will be needed to feed the dog while traveling.

7.     Getting Along With Other Pets:

They get along with cats and other pets very well. But they tend to be aggressive towards other dogs.

Airdale Terrier - How to Choose your Dog Breed

1.     What to Look for in a Healthy Puppy:

Puppies should be at least 8 weeks old. Look for puppies that are active.

2.     What you will Need for a New Puppy:

Dog crate, feeding bowls, Bedding to make the puppy feel comfortable and some toys to keep him active.

3.     Puppy-Proofing your House:

Small objects should be kept out of reach and dog gates should be used to prevent the puppy form entering some rooms.

4.     How to Make your New Puppy Feel at Home:

These dogs are playful and very active. Provide them with a plenty of space to move around.