Airedale Terrier Facts

Airedale Terrier Facts
Airedale Terrier, also known as "The King of Terriers", is the largest type of terrier in the world. It originates from England (Yorkshire). Airedale Terrier was created 150 years ago by mixing Welsh Terrier and Otter Hound. Newly created breed was perfectly designed to hunt rats, otters and other small animals. Airedale Terrier was brought to America in 1881. Many American presidents and famous actors were proud owners of this breed. Despite its excellent hunting skills, Airedale Terrier is mostly kept as a pet today.
Interesting Airedale Terrier Facts:
Airedale Terrier can reach 23 inches in height and 40 to 65 pounds of weight.
Airedale Terrier has thick double coat that is waterproof, coarse and wiry. Coat is usually tan with black and reddish markings.
Airedale Terrier has flat, elongated head and muzzle, small, pointed ears, wide chest, large, square body, straight front legs and stiff, slightly curved tail.
Airedale Terrier has excellent sense of smell that was inherited from the Otter Hound.
Airedale Terrier is named after the place of its origin - Valley of Aire in Yorkshire.
Airedale Terrier is very intelligent and independent dog. It can be easily trained by using positive reinforcement methods.
Airedale Terrier is courageous dog with great stamina. It was often used as ambulance and watchdog and to carry messages, food and ammunition between British battalions during the WWI. In the more recent history, Airedale terrier was used as police and search-and-rescue dog before it was replaced with German Shepherd.
Airedale Terrier is friendly, adaptable, playful and loyal dog. It is suitable for families with children and other dogs (but not with cats, gerbils, hamsters and other small animals because of the strong prey instinct). It builds strong bond with its owner and doesn't like to be alone. Airedale Terrier often steals socks, underwear and children toys and collects them at its secret place.
Airedale Terrier should be kept in the houses with large, fenced yards. This is very active breed that requires regular daily walks and plenty of exercise (it can be an excellent jogging partner). Airedale Terrier needs to be mentally and physically stimulated all the time to prevent boredom and development of destructive behavior.
Airedale Terrier is very protective of its family. It is an excellent watchdog that loudly barks when it detects strangers at the door.
Airedale Terrier can achieve excellent results on the competitions that evaluate agility, obedience and hunting skills of dogs.
Airedale Terrier doesn't shed much, but it should be brushed once or twice per week.
Airedale Terrier gives birth to 8 puppies on average.
Airedale Terrier is prone to hip dysplasia, allergies, progressive retinal atrophy and hypothyroidism.
Airedale Terrier has an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years.

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