Airedale Terrier

Breed Group: Terrier
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Overview
A very pleasant breed, the Airedale Terrier is protective, brave, and affectionate. Demands love and attention. A rowdy breed, the Airedale Terrier should start obedience training at a young age to avoid dominance issues and to ensure the dog will be well mannered.

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Character
Spunky, protective, yet sweet, this breed is not recommended for the average family. Dominance issues can arise if proper training is not started at and early age. The Airedale Terrier can be somewhat stubborn so firm handling is best.

Does your Airedale Terrier bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The Airedale Terrier is very loyal, and can be a joy to own, but can be difficult at times. Proper training is a must. An intelligent breed, the Airedale Terrier should have an experienced owner. This dog loves to chase small animals, but can do exceptionally well with cats and other dogs, given the dog has had proper socialization.
Care
The hair of this breed is hard and crisp making it rather hard to groom. Dead hair should be plucked at least twice a year. The Airedale Terrier can shed heavily or not at all depending on the cut of the coat. Washing the beard regularly is a must to keep it free from caking.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The coat of the Airedale Terrier should be wiry, crisp, hard and straight lying close to the body of the dog. Slightly wavy hair is acceptable with a distinctive beard around muzzle.
Training
This breed can be very willful and stubborn at times, but with variety can do very well in sporting events. This dog is very lively and requires an experienced handler. Firm but gentle training is required. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Airedale Terrier puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Airedale Terrier should have at least an average sized yard available. A very active breed, this dog loves to swim, jog, run, and play so this breed does require extensive exercise. Not recommended for apartment life as they are very active indoors and can become a tyrant if not sufficiently exercised. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
45 lbs
Height
23 inches
Color(s)
tan with black or grizzle saddle

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Airedale Terrier Questions

I'm shopping for an Airedale Terrier and I looked at the prices and stuff. I just have one question, Champion bloodline, champion sired and show potential what does this all mean? What is the importance if there is any?

Answer:
Champion bloodline, champion sired and show potential are all important if what you are looking for is just that, an Airedale Terrier that is going to be within the set standards of the breed and looks/act the part. First off, there is a large difference between a show bred dog and a pet bred dog. A pet bred dog can have all the qualities of a show bred dog, but there is the ability for the dog to be slightly outside of the standard, ie: weigh a bit more/less, height could be more/less, fur could be off, ect. However, for a show bred dog, their breeders work tirelessly to ensure that all the puppies meet and hopefully exceed the set standard for the breed. If a puppy has champion bloodlines, it means that their linage has dogs that have won because they are the most well bred, set standard of the breed at that show. Same goes with the champion sired/damed, and show potential. It all means that the work that breeder has put in is to ensure that their puppies and dogs are meeting and exceeding the standard for the breed as per the kennel club their dogs are registered in.

My 2 year old Airedale is losing the color on her nose and around her eyes. Any suggestions on Cause?

Answer:
It could be what is called "snow nose" when a dog looses the pigment around their eyes and on their nose. But it is rare in a breed like the Airedale. It is best to contact your vet and take her in to get checked to make sure it is nothing serious.

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Don’t be alarmed. It has to do with loosing pigment. Consult a vet if you are alarmed or concerned.

Is there any difference in the lionheart and oorang strains of airedale besides the size difference?

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Are there any Airedale breeders in the New Hampshire area? I am willing to drive up to 15 hours one way, but I can't seem to find any breeders nearby. I do not want to have a puppy shipped, I want to see the conditions of the kennel before I agree to buy the puppy. I am interested in bringing home 2 Airedale Terrier puppies.

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You should not bring home two puppies at the same time. As a professional trainer, dog behaviorist and breeder, I can tell you full on that bringing home two puppies is not a good thing. Other than a number of behavioral problems that will occur in both dogs, you are setting your puppies up for failure in training, socialization, and bonding with humans, including yourself. Get one puppy and then after a year, get another.

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I have two Airedales and purchased them from Betty Hopper out of Okla. I had them shipped by plane and it was no problem. The trainer is correct you should get one train he or she and then get another 1 year later. The first year with an Airedale if very important. The bond between them will be stronger than blood. Let me know if you need help finding a puppy. I have great success with finding great puppies and with Airedales you want to invest more time than money. The first year with the puppy will give you a lifetime of joy. As I write this both of them are by my feet and never leave my side.

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