While the Airedale Terrier is not especially sensitive to disturbances in its environment, there are some things to be aware of. Thee Airedale will not like long stretches of alone time, and when neglected could become destructive. If you have a busy lifestyle or live in a small space, this may not be the breed for you.
The Airedale Terrier is a generally healthy breed with proper breeding. However, some of the health concerns to be aware of with this breed are Gastric Torsion (Bloat) and Dermatitis. Problems with the thyroid gland can also be present in this breed, leading to potential weight gain and worsened skin conditions. There has also been some history of Hip Dysplasia in this breed. Knowledge of the parent’s genetics is helpful in minimizing the risks of these illnesses.
If you are considering adopting an Airedale Terrier, you should either be an experienced dog owner or be prepared for extensive obedience classes with your new family member. They are very intelligent, but are a Terrier nevertheless, so may be a bit stubborn. Novice owners are not recommended.
Grooming an Airedale Terrier is relatively easy, as they are low shedders. They have a double-layered coat. The top coat, which is dense and wiry, is easily manageable. The undercoat is a totally different texture, being short and soft. Make sure you are frequently checking this breed for irritation of its skin, as it is one of the most well known issues with the Airedale. It is recommended that you brush the Airedale’s teeth and trim their nails early and often, as with all breeds.
Hearing the statement, “my dog is just crazy” is not an uncommon thing with a terrier breed. The good news is although the Airedale Terrier has a high energy level, they are very trainable with persistence. Make sure they have plenty of room to run, dig, and unwind to have a happy and balanced Airedale.
The Airedale Terrier should weigh between 40 and 65 pounds, and stand between 19 and 24 inches tall at the withers.