AKC PuppyFinder: Airedale Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Clever, confident, proud; friendly but courageous
  • Energy Level: Very Active; A spirited do-it-all breed, Airedales thrive on physical challenges and mental stimulation
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 23 inches
  • Weight: 50-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-14 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Like most terriers, the Airedale Terrier lives to work and is at his best with a job to do. This is an extremely intelligent breed that was often used for wartime guard and messenger duty as well as for hunting rodents and game. Brisk walks will help him burn off some energy, but he'll really shine at games and dog sports. Like a precocious child, your Airedale Terrier puppy is eager to learn, but may get bored with repetitive tasks and lessons. He'll keep you on your toes coming up with new and interesting activities. This breed excels at sports like agility and flyball and they're are always eager for a game of frisbee or a good romp. The Airedale Terrier is a devoted companion, always ready to join in any family activity.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1888

Breed History & Job Description: In the mid-1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, the Aire Valley’s factory hands and mill workers crossed several British breeds to create tough, tireless Airedales in their own image. (It’s a neat irony that the King of Terriers was conceived not by noblemen but by workingmen.) The breed’s versatility is astounding: ratter, duck retriever, big-game hunter, herder, guardian, warrior, cop, entertainer, and athlete are just a few job titles that crowd the Airedale résumé.

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Daily exercise is vital to maintain your Airedale Terrier's health. It not only keeps them physically fit, but keeps their intelligent minds active. A bored dog can be destructive if not properly challenged. Responsible breeders make sure their dogs have been tested for hip dysplasia to reduce the incidence of this disease in their breeding programs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Renal Disease DNA Test
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Airedale Terrier Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.airedale.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 55
  • Breed Referral Contact: Linda Baake-Jarvis - 252-637-3575
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Click here to see all Airedale Terrier Rescue Groups.

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