A picture of dog licking paws is nothing unusual for dog owners, but when do we consider this behaviour as part of grooming? When do we say that it is … [Read More...]
The Airedale terrier is considered the largest terrier dog breed, earning the name 'King of Terriers.' This large terrier dog was bred as an able sporting and working dog utilised to catch otters and rats. Its known place of origin is in the Aire Valley of Yorkshire. It stands 58–61 centimetres and weighs 45–66 pounds. The Airedale terrier has a distinctive two-layered coat: hard and wiry topcoat and soft undercoat. Intelligent, confident, and sociable, it enjoys accomplishing tasks as a working dog. Today, the breed competes in agility, obedience, and hunt tests.
Are you thinking of getting an Airedale terrier? Here is a brief background of the 'King of Terriers.'
Like most terriers, the Airedale terrier is of British origin. It is believed to have come from the Aire River Valley in Yorkshire, England in the eighteenth century and was Kennel Club registered since 1886. The breed was created as a multipurpose sporting and working dog mainly to hunt rats and otters. It was a cross between an English bull terrier and the now-extinct Old English black and tan terrier. The offspring was then bred with an otter hound. Before taking the name of the British river, it was called the working terrier, Waterside terrier, and Bingley terrier.
The Airedale is the largest amongst British terriers, which is why it is called 'King of Terriers.' Contributing to its nickname is its robust body structure. It weighs between 45 and 66 pounds and stands 58–61 centimetres at the withers.
The Airedale's distinctive coat is covered with two layers: hard and wiry topcoat, and soft and fluffy undercoat. The standard colours for this breed are black or grizzle on top, and tan on all other parts. Some white hairs between forelegs are acceptable. Its coat is hypoallergenic and shedding is minimal.
The Airedale doesn’t require frequent bathing and only needs weekly brushing to ensure that its coat is neat. This breed’s coat is generally low-maintenance but should be trimmed a few times a year to avoid becoming unruly. However, if you’re planning to have your Airedale compete in dog shows, then you’ll need a great deal of work on that wiry coat. If that is the case, have it groomed by a professional groomer.
The rest is basic grooming routines. Trim the nails every few weeks. Brush the teeth regularly for fresh breath and good oral health. Clean the ears using a cotton ball moistened with a mild pH-balanced cleanser to prevent infections. If you notice signs of inflammation such as redness or a bad odour, consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.
The Airedale terrier is a friendly, energetic, independent, confident, and intelligent pooch. Like most terriers, it is prone to digging and chasing small animals. It is not aggressive towards people and other dogs, but with its hunter instincts, it is definitely fearless.
As a working dog, the Airedale enjoys accomplishing tasks. Positive reinforcement works best when training this canine. A fun attitude and a lot of praises will yield great results. It can be a good family pet especially if trained appropriately. However, large ones with high activity level can be too difficult for younger and smaller kids.
Start training your Airedale when it's still young or from the time you bring it home. Regardless of its predisposition owing to its breed, each dog is unique. Early training and socialisation are the most prominent factors that will determine how an Airedale will turn out growing up.
A typical serving for an adult Airedale terrier is 1.5–2.5 cups of excellent-quality dry dog food per day. However, this is only a guide. The amount of food depends on several factors such as age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism. A lot of information about breed nutrition can be found online, but remember that your dog’s individuality also matters.
Typical calorie needs of an adult Airedale terrier per day:
Enthusiasts of the breed stress out the importance of feeding high-protein foods. They recommend grain-free dry kibbles containing animal meat such as lamb, chicken, beef, and salmon. As an active dog, it needs carbohydrates for energy, which should come from gluten-free sources. Avoid simple carbohydrates that are used as fillers like wheat, corn, and soy.
The average lifespan of an Airedale is between eleven and fourteen years. This breed is generally healthy but prone to some illnesses. It can have allergies, cancer, hip dysplasia, umbilical hernia, hypothyroidism, haemorrhagic gastroenteritis, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and Von Willebrand disease.
As a hunter and working dog, the Airedale has high energy and stamina. It needs at least two walks a day or a single walk combined with free time at a fenced yard. It can be a good jogging companion that never seems to get tired.
An Airedale Terrier costs between £350 and £1000. Expect to pay more for a well-bred pedigree puppy registered with The Kennel Club. Expenses on food, treats, toys, leashes, collars, beds, and other dog supplies are estimated at £200 per month. If you factor in healthcare and veterinary costs, including vaccinations, boosters, expect a yearly expense of more than £1,000.
If you don’t want to incur unexpected costs due to health issues, then it is best to get pet insurance. On average, the basic coverage will cost you £23 a month whilst a lifetime policy will set you back £50 a month.
In total, you will need around £60 - £100 a month to care for an Airedale Terrier. This number does not include major veterinary bills for treatments or procedures that are not covered by insurance.
Are you sure the Airedale Terrier is the best breed for you? Take the Pet Breed Selector Quiz to find your perfect breed match.Dog Breed Selector Quiz
Have you decided to get an Airedale terrier? If you’re not sure, check out our Pet Finder for more of dog breeds that suit your lifestyle.