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Airdale Terrier

Courageous and people-oriented (other names: Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier)

Airdale Terrier
origin:Great Britain
life expectancy:10-12 years
classification:Terrier
height:56 to 61 cm
weight:18 to 29 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Easyclimate: Coldin/out: Outdoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Medium
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History [ edit ]

The Airedale Terrier belongs to a fairly recent dog breed having been bred in the mid 1800´s in South Yorkshire, England, near the River Aire, from where the name was taken. It is a large and versatile dog, most likely a cross of the Black and Tan Hardocated Northern Terrier. Orginally known as “Waterside Terrier” and used as vermin hunter, it was latter crossed with the Otterhound, to make it a better swimmer. It is the largest of the terrier breeds, extremelly intelligent and excelling in eyesight, hearing and agility, reason why it is often called the "King of Terriers".
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General appearance [ edit ]

Despite its large size and muscular structure, the Airedale Terrier has a handsome, impressively appearance. This breed has a deep chest and a long, flat head, not to broad between the ears and narrowing very slightly to the eyes. The foreface is deep, powerful and muscular and the v-shapped ears fold slightly to the side and forward. The small, dark eyes, are keen and alert and should not be prominent. The body stands square, with a level topline and very straight front legs. It has a double waterproof coat, with a harsh, wiry, topcoat and a soft undercoat. The accepted colours are a black saddle, or a dark grizzle saddle (black mixed with gray and white) the rest of it being generally a glorious, rich, tan. The tail is carried high if docked; otherwise it should be carried gaily but not curl over the back.
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Airedale Terrier is a people-oriented, corageous and protective dog, very gently and affectionate with his family.  It is  also known as a strong-minded, stubborn, very rowdy breed, needing proper obedience training. Remarkably intelligent and independent, the Airedale Terrier often has dominance challenges towards the family members it considers submissive, which frequently leads to disobedience. This breed is easy to train since its high intellligence allows it to perceive quickly what is being required from it. However because the Airedale hates routine tasks,  it may refuse to repeat the same behaviour if asked over and over again.  This breed is suspicious with strangers, but it is very patient with children, especially older children. It tends to be very territorial with other dogs, reason why it needs proper socialization, but generally gets along with the household  cats and other small animals, depending on the training.

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Health [ edit ]

The Airedale is a healthy breed, relatively free of inherited diseases. However it has a propensity towards dermatitis specially in case of dietary imbalances. Some lines can also suffer from hip dysplasia and eye problems. As with most medium and large breeds, the Airedale lives for around 12 to 13 years, but some have been known to live until the age of 17.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

Airedales generally have black gums, a condition that would indicate asphyxiation in many other dog breeds.
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