Airedale Terrier FCI Standard
| • supreme endurance
• fabulous guard- and watchdog
• excellent companion for a hunter
• very playful and outgoing
• isn’t well-suited for a family with small kids
The breed’s quick-wittedness, swiftness, power and unbelievable hardiness soon deserved its wide acknowledgment as a versatile working dog in its native land. Apart from being an accomplished hunter, the Airedale Terrier proved to be suitable for an army and police service. For example, it was often made responsible for finding the wounded, delivering messages and medical instrumentation in both World Wars. This dog was also considered as an excellent personal companion and highly effective guardian.
The first canine show with the participation of the Airdale Terriers was held in 1876, in the Aire River Valley and soon afterwards it was granted with the status of a pedigreed dog. The breed was brought to North America in the early 80s of the XIX century. In this country it rapidly deserved the reputation of an all-around gun dog since it could hunt feathered game on both land and water as well as track four-legged animals. In the United States it was especially appreciated by western ranchers and farmers and its population continuously grew throughout the first half of XX century.
The Airdale Terrier was formally accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1888. Today the breed is still used by innumerable fans to quarry all sorts of game. Its various talents were also applied practically in therapy and assistance canine work, search-and-rescue work, and carting. Furthermore the combination of muscular physique, agility and intelligence make this dog a very successful contestant at different canine sports.
Although the Airedale Terrier readily accepts petting of familiar people it displays wariness towards strangers. Many owners of this dog are often displeased with its excessive barking since it’s prone to voice out its concern every time it spots something unusual or suspicious. This means that it can be trusted with the duties of a watch dog and usually excels in this role. It also makes a very reasonable guardian, which will defend its territory and human family with all its might.
The average level of the canine aggressiveness is common for the Airedale Terrier. This dog doesn’t like sharing whatever it perceives its own (including territory, food, toys, attention of its master, etc.) with other dogs. The other reason of serious confrontations with strange dogs may be the breeds’ authoritative character and its desire to claim the status of a pack leader. Hunting drive is in the blood of the Airedale Terrier so it’s dangerous for all non-canine stray animals. However early exposure to individual cats (and other non-canine pets) will make your dog to tolerate them.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• skin problems;
• urologic disorders.
Without periodic trimming the breeds’ coat grows unmanageable, dense and curly so most owners of the Airedale prefer to have their pets groomed professionally. It’s permissible to shorten the dog’s hair either by trimming with clippers, or by striping.
Other than that it needs such basic care as systematic teeth brushing and monthly nail trimming. Examine the ears of your pet for the signs of infection or built-up wax and clean them as necessary. The Airedale Terrier sheds averagely.
The Airedale Terrier should never be treated with a rough hand otherwise it can become extremely stubborn, unruly and even hostile. Plan to reward your dogs’ efforts with plentiful of verbal encouragement and occasional food incentives. If you stick to above-mentioned recommendations, your Airedale Terrier will perform with flying colours in agility and obedience trials as long as in all kinds of canine sports.
Make sure to challenge the busy brain of your Airedale Terrier with some kind of mental exercise as well. If the dog has to spend all its days confined within four walls it will most likely demonstrate such serious behavioural problems as hyper activity, nervousness, on-going barking and unmotivated aggressiveness.