Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is a fairly large dog which sports a long, flat head and a bristly, hard, dense and wiry coat. The head and ears of the Airedale Terrier are usually tan coloured with some dark markings on the side of the head and the legs are tan with the body having black or dark markings. With a black nose and a pair of v-shaped ears that fold level with the skull, the Airedale Terrier is a fine looking dog. It has powerful, deep jaws that have great strength. Fur hangs down from the mouth area and the neck is slender and of moderate length. The body is short, strong and level and the tail is set high and carried vertically.

Temperament :

This dog exudes terrier temperament and is generally a good natured animal. It is a proud dog that likes to protect and is brave and plucky. They are generally very playful, friendly and are reasonably easy to train and they are able to be taught various commands, some to a high level of obedience.

Health issues :

Although these dogs are rugged animals and survive well in the outdoors, they can suffer sometimes form conditions such as skin infections and hip problems.

Exercise :

Originally, this dog was used as an underground worker and with much digging involved in their daily lives; it is no surprise that nowadays they require a fair amount of activity. When they are fully grown however they will tend to calm down a bit and not need so much exercise. This usually occurs after the first two years.

Life expectancy :

This dog has a relatively short life expectancy of around 10-12 years.

Grooming :

Unfortunately, this dog has a coat that can prove to be hard to maintain properly. If left unattended for too long, their coats grow extremely thick and are become increasingly difficult to look after. Hard work is required to trim the coat therefore and this involves trimming it using fingers and thumbs. Using clippers can actually ruin the texture and colour of the coat.