There are more than 100 varieties of purebred dogs recognized by the
American Kennel Club. Choosing one to suit your particular needs can be
difficult. The following information may help you determine if an Airedale
is the dog for you.
Although the Airedale's virtues are many and its faults few, Airedales
are not for everyone. While not considered large dogs, their exuberance,
strength and determination can make them a handful.
Upkeep for an Airedale is similar to most breeds: daily food and water,
routine vaccinations and preventative medications, such as heartworm and
parasite control. In addition, the Airedale's non-shedding coat will require
periodic grooming. In most cases, you can do the grooming yourself. Many
breeders will gladly teach you the basic steps or direct you to grooming
Airedales come in a range of temperaments and attitudes. Be honest with
breeders about your expectations, your facilities and your needs. They
will help you determine if an Airedale is right for you and can help match
one to your home.
The Airedale is a medium-sized dog -- the largest and hardiest of the
terrier family. According to American Kennel Club breed
standards, male Airedales should measure approximately 23 inches in
height at the shoulder with bitches (females) slightly less. For their
size, Airedales have a good deal of solid heft with very little unneeded
bulk. While there are no weight standards, a typical female will weigh
about 45 to 55 pounds, and a large male with good proportion can exceed
24 inches and 65 pounds.
Terriers are essentially "varmint dogs," small in stature, intelligent,
fearless and tenacious. The word "terrier" is derived from the Latin word
"terra" meaning "earth." Their specialty -- to seek out rodent or predator
prey and drive them below ground -- was very useful in days gone by. Through
careful breeding, this developed skill became a natural instinct.
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