Lil' Airedales

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King of Terriers 

The Airedale Terrier, also known as “The King of Terriers” is the largest of all terrier breeds. His greater size embodies equally large devotion and courage while still being one of the calmest and most eager to please.  The Airedale Terrier has a shoulder height of 56-61 cm (22-24 in) and weighs 20-33 kg (45-70 lbs).  The largest of Terriers, the Airedale has a long head, deep chest, flat back, straight legs, and small, round feet. Airedale Terriers have floppy ‘V’-shaped ears, small, dark eyes, a black nose, and a scissors bite. They have a highly set, erect tail. 

An Airedale enjoys being near their family and loves all types of activity. They are curious and love to hunt and explore their surroundings.  They adapt easily especially with reassurances from their family and ample opportunity to explore. They have a friendly personality and don't typically back down if challenged by another dog, they don't instigate get along nicely with other dogs. However, due to his hunting instincts, small rodents and rabbits are not good additions to the household.  

A rowdy handful as a puppy, the Airedale Terrier matures into a dignified, self-assured, courageous adult.  This athletic dog romps and plays hard.  Lots of activity and mental stimulation (hunting, obedience, agility, playing games) is essential for this thinking breed. You can't just leave them alone all day or put them outside and hope that they will lie down quietly and be happy.

An Airedale's attitude toward strangers varies from enthusiastically friendly to sensibly polite, but even the friendly ones tend to be vigilant watchdogs. Some individuals are more protective than others.  When he barks, there is usually a reason.

Airedale's are very smart, but also independent. Unless you establish yourself as the alpha (number one), he can be headstrong. Yet assertive owners who know how to lead will find him eminently trainable.

Grooming an Airedale three or four times a year, in addition to regular weekly brushing and combing will keep them looking great and provide an opportunity to make sure they are healthy and in proper weight.