Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Airedale Terriers

The Airedale terrier burst onto the scene in the 19th century. He gained fame in World War I, when he served in both the British and German armies. The Airedale was used as a messenger, and was cherished for his ability to sustain injuries and still deliver dispatches. As an ambulance dog, he saved lives by helping to locate wounded soldiers on the battlefield.
The Airedale’s heroic history translates wonderfully to a home environment. Families adore the Airedale for his loyalty and intelligence.

At Home With an Airedale

This large dog (around 65 pounds), known as “King of the Terriers,” can be at home in the city or the suburbs. An Airedale is very protective of those around him, and thus makes a great guard dog. He is very loyal but can also be stubborn.
Another aspect of the Airedale’s personality that endears him to owners is his sense of humor. The Airedale is known to “ham it up” whenever he’s given the opportunity.

Is an Airedale Right for You?

Airedales are good family guard dogs and are great with older children. There are some aspects of his care to consider before you welcome him into your home.
  • Exercise. The Airedale is an active dog and needs to be taken on an extended walk at least once a day.
  • Temperament. Because of their protective nature, Airedales can sometimes be aggressive toward other animals.
  • They are “diggers,” as are many terriers.
  • Grooming. The Airedale’s wiry coat requires clipping and brushing.

Airedales are good family guard dogs and are great with older children.

Fun Facts 

Here are a few interesting things you might not have known about the Airedale terrier, courtesy of the American Kennel Club:
  • John Wayne had an Airedale named Little Duke.
  • Author John Steinbeck was also an Airedale owner.
  • The earlier whelps were called Working, Waterside and Bingley Terriers.
  • Presidents that owned Airedales include Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge.
  • President Harding’s dog Laddie Boy is immortalized with a statue at the Smithsonian.
  • Today, Airedales often can be found working on search-and-rescue teams.

King of the Home

An Airedale has a distinct personality that truly makes him seem like a family member. He is unwavering in his loyalty. He loves to interact with his owner, so be sure to include him in your family activities. On average, Airedales live to be 10-12 years old. In those years, you’ll have a companion that will protect and love you as much as you do him.

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