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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

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 Younger Children


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Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Airedale Terrier Temperament,

Airedale Terrier

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 Airedale Terrier Temperament:

Breeders say The Airedale has a sense of humour and an independent spirit that requires courting as a partner to get the full potential out of these dogs. They will not be bullied, do not suffer fools gladly and will neither fawn nor grovel. If you allow their dignity and accord them a sense of self, there is nothing the breed won’t do for you.”

Chris Walcowicz-the Perfect Match

With his small dark eyes, keen expression and quickness of movement, the Airedale constantly appears to be expecting something exciting to happen, alert at all times, fearless, but not aggressive sums up the Airedale Terrier’s temperament perfectly well.

 Training:This is an affectionate yet independent minded breed and though not difficult to train, the Airedale is slow to mature and training often continues until 2 years of age or beyond. Proper training and socializing is key to their potential and they are better convinced than coerced.

 Potentially A great all-round dog that is worth the effort when owners are rewarded with an enthusiastic, devoted and biddable family dog.

Children: The Airedale Terrier is a good family dog and  interacts well with children of all ages. Since they are a large terrier they do need to be taught not to be overly possessive of toys or food and to avoid snapping when teased or irritated. Teaching children to respect this dog and to understand when the dog has simply had enough is very important.

Protection level: Protective towards family, courageous will bark a warning and can back it up. Tendency to be the dominant dog, needs to be well socialized and trained if he is to avoid regular confrontations with other dogs.

Exercise: Makes high demands on the owner, is not one who will tolerate being left home alone much or doesn't lead an active life. The Airedale is tireless, intelligent and needs to be kept occupied, preferably with athletic outdoor pursuits.

Grooming: Shedding can be minimized with regular stripping, a process of plucking the long, dead hairs from the coat. Without stripping and regular brushing the Airedale Terrier is a moderate to heavy shedder and the coat may be prone to matting and tangling.

Health Issues: One of the hardiest terrier breeds, but has some tendency toward skin problems or Hip-Displasia. Their toughness makes them stoic, owners need to be in tune with their Airedale to be aware of illness or injury.

Finding a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

  airedale terrier temperamentIdeal Airedale Terrier Owner's Are experienced and strong-willed, active,who has plenty of time for playing, exercise and training. Not a dog for the timid or inexperienced. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

The Airedale Terrier Temperament Is Lively,Fearless,Adventurous And Affectionate

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The Airedale Terrier most probably originated in the Aire Valley region of Yorkshire in England and was bred to be a jack-of-all-trades, not only to perform traditional terrier roles of hunting down furry varmints such as otters, foxes and badgers, but also to serve as a watchful companion who would protect home and hearth from intruders.

This is a large and very lively breed! And goes by another apt nickname, the ‘King Of Terriers’. The breed that we see today has changed quite a bit from their early ancestors, but continues to be a favourite amongst those who love their active and enthusiastic demeanour.

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