Clever, confident, proud; friendly but courageous.
To strangers, Airedales present the dignity and pride expected in a king. With loved ones, they let their wire hair down and show a silly, playful side. Airedales insist on being part of the action and are game for any conceivable family activity. They enjoy romping with kids and, despite their friendly nature, make excellent watchdogs. “They never start a fight,” goes the old saying, “but will always finish one.” Ample exercise and plenty of family time are key to Airedale happiness.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. Airedale Terriers are a medium breed and have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Brushing the coat several times a week keeps the Airedale Terrier in good condition. Regular grooming reduces shedding. They should be thoroughly groomed and stripped about three to four times per year. Many pet owners prefer to have their dogs clipped versus hand stripping the coat. Grooming an Airedale can be time-consuming if you do it yourself. Many pet owners prefer to take their dog to a professional groomer to maintain the texture of the broken coat. Their nails should be trimmed regularly. Ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Obedience training is important for these quick learners, but make sure to keep it interesting - they can get bored easily! They also thrive with daily exercise.
Airedale Terrier &HEALTH
It not only keeps them physically fit, but keeps their intelligent minds active. A bored dog can be destructive if not properly challenged. Responsible breeders make sure their dogs have been tested for hip dysplasia to reduce the incidence of this disease in their breeding programs.
They also participate in health surveys and promote scientific research to eradicate disease. Working with a breeder, a veterinarian and through canine health education, Airedale Terrier owners can ensure a long life for their dogs.