Should I Get an Airedale Terrier Dog?

Check out these 6 Airedale Terrier dog facts to find out if this dog is the right dog breed for you.

By Bardi McLennan | June 13, 2012

Not every good dog owner is necessarily the right person to own an Airedale Terrier. Can you answer yes to these six questions? If so, an Airedale Terrier might be the dog for you.

1.The Airedale Terrier is a medium-to-large dog, about 23 inches tall at the shoulder and usually weighing between 45 and 65 pounds. Are you physically able to handle a dog of this size and strength?

2. Can you cope with—and thoroughly enjoy—the Airedale Terrier’s playful and exuberant, yet strong and firm personality? The Airedale Terrier must be persuaded, not coerced, into following the rules firmly, consistently and nicely.

3. Do you have a sense of humor? Affable and amusing as a companion dog, you will still need to go the extra mile to meet character changes as they occur. One that comes to mind is the transition that takes place when the puppy enters adolescence. Just keep your sense of humor and continue to be consistently firm in keeping to the house rules—it will be over in a few months. Airedale Terriers are said to reach adulthood at about three years of age. To be truthful, some never really do. Again, it’s part of the Airedale Terrier charm!

4. Are you patient? The Airedale Terrier is sensitive to raised voices or harsh corrections. The Airedale Terrier’s tenacious spirit may be mistaken for stubbornness and thus mishandled. Their intelligence allows the Airedale Terrier to outwit you, and it is not so easy to maintain discipline over a dog whose feelings you’ve hurt.

5. Are you fair, firm and consistent? Reward every well-meaning effort with verbal praise and be generous with dog treats for jobs well done. Remember always that if you cannot control your Airedale Terrier, he will gladly—and instantly—step in and control you.

6. Do you have a safe fenced area? This dog breed is a protector of property, but the Airedale Terrier will not necessarily stay on his own property. Solo expeditions by these hunting dogs generally have sad endings with the traffic on our roadways, so the suburban or country Airedale Terrier needs a safe fenced area. While this dog breed is not at its best in the city, there are exceptions. If the Airedale Terrier owner has no yard, a strong lead and plenty of walks will have to suffice.

If you’ve never met an adult Airedale Terrier, the time to do so is before you’ve decided on this dog breed. For good measure, meet more than one Airedale Terrier. Attend dog shows and chat with dog breeders. Visit Airedale Terrier breeders where you can spend time in the house or outdoors, interacting with the dogs. It’s not enough to view this dog breed through a kennel fence.


Excerpt from Airedale Terrier part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Airedale Terrier here>.


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Miles   New Fairfield, CT

3/5/2013 7:13:54 AM

Of course you should. What else would you get?

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