Breed of the Week: Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier stands at approximately 23 inches and weighs between 45 and 70lbs with females being slightly smaller than males. Airedales have a tight, wiry coat that can have a slight wave and sheds very little. Many enthusiasts choose to have the coat hand stripped as traditional clipper grooming can alter the feel and water resistance of this unique hair type. They are generally red or tan with black markings and high set alert ears.
A true working terrier, the Airedale is alert and protective. While intelligent and a quick learner, the Airedale can be difficult for first time dog owners as they do not do well with heavy handedness or repetition and can seem stubborn. Airedales do best with active families but can live easily in urban to rural environments.
Airedales are prone to number of immune diseases including allergies and hemolytic anemia. They can also have joint issues ranging from luxation to dysplasia and can develop bloat, as well.
- The Airedale was one of the first breeds used by German and British police departments.
- The Airedale was a popular White House dog having been owned by three presidents: Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, and Calvin Coolidge.
- The initial Airedale breedings were actually divided into three separate types: working, waterside, and bingley terriers.