The Airedale Terrier, often called the 'King of Terriers', is a strong, courageous, and independent breed. They are the largest of all terriers—and are known for their intelligence and calmness, making them a natural choice even among those who don’t usually prefer large, athletic dogs. The breed has a long history as a working dog, and is still often used as a guard dog, as it has a strong guard and protective instincts.
Training and Care
Airedales require a strong leader who can set rules and enforce them, as they are prone to becoming willful and disobedient. This is strongly rooted in their working history, which required focus and dedication to training. Providing daily physical and mental exercise is necessary to keep the Airedale happy and healthy. This breed requires regular brushing and bathing to keep their coat free of mats and dirt.
Diet and Nutrition
Due to the Airedale’s muscular build and energy level, they require a high-protein, energy-packed diet to ensure their optimal health. This diet should be tailored to their specific breed type, to provide the best source of energy and possible maintenance for their body. It is important to always provide them with plenty of fresh water.
When the Airedale is appropriately bred and cared for, they can be expected to be healthy during their life span. As with all breeds, they are susceptible to certain health issues. It is important to have the dog checked by a veterinarian on a regular basis and to watch for any signs of health problems. Common issues found in Airedale Terriers include hip dysplasia, dental issues, eye problems, and elbow dysplasia.
The Airedale Terrier originated in the early 19th century, most likely in the area of the Aire River, hence the name Airedale. They were initially bred as a working dog, and were used for badger, otter, and fox hunting. Later their skills were employed in law enforcement, herding, Ratting, as a guard dog, and as a search and rescue dog. They appear in photos and documents of the time of World War I, and continue to be a popular breed today.
Where to Buy or Adopt
The Airedale Terrier is a popular breed, but finding a reputable breeder can be challenging. It is important to research potential breeders and only buy from a breeder who can provide health clearances and provides lifetime support. Airedale Terriers are also available for adoption in shelters and rescue centers. The cost of an Airedale Terrier vary depending on the area and breeder, but can range from $400 to $1800.