Airedale Terrier Puppies for Sale
Looking for Airedale Terrier puppies for sale? These pups were named after the Aire River Valley (or dale) in England. These tenacious terriers probably originated as a cross between an Otter Hound and Terriers sometime in the early 1800’s. Originally dubbed the Waterside Terrier, they were bred to hunt down the large rats that lived in burrows in the banks of the Aire River. These water-loving Terriers were trained to dig out all kinds of pests, including martens, badgers, otters, and even foxes. Their waterproof coat was perfect for swimming in the chilly river.
In the 1900’s, Airedales gained attention for being smart security and police dogs. They became a popular symbol of the war effort, often featured in posters and ads during World War I. The intelligent breed served as sentries and messengers, often crossing through dangerous war zones. Maybe that’s why no less than three presidents chose them to be their pets during their time in the White House: Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, and Calvin Coolidge.
Today, these talented pooches continue to serve in police and military roles but are also used as assistance dogs and for search and rescue. These pups are a good family companion and continue to be a popular choice for hunting and pest control, especially along the water.
The Airedale Terrier was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 and grouped as Terrier.
- Country of Origin: Great Britain
- Weight: 45 - 50 lbs
- Height: 22 - 23 inches
- Color: The American Kennel Club breed standard specifies that the coat can be either a black saddle with a tan head, ears, and legs; or a dark grizzle saddle. Grizzle is a mix of red hair and black and is considered one of the best and harshest coats.
If you want to buy an Airedale Terrier puppy, it’s smart to do a little research first. They are intelligent, loyal, and independent dogs. While this breed is known for its value in hunting and security, these pups can be stubborn. Owners should be strong leaders dedicated to consistent training.
Because they are keen and energetic, these Terriers need mental stimulation and room to roam, or they may become bored and destructive. These dogs are famed for their ability to dig and chew, so a destructive Airedale is a force to be reckoned with.
Unlike some Terrier breeds, they do well with other dogs. They are tolerant of other pets if they are raised with them. While they usually get along well with children, these large pups can be a bit too rambunctious for small children.
This is a protective breed. Not only will they will sound an alarm for danger if they suspect danger, they can be aggressive with strangers unless you train and socialize them properly. These dogs are protective of their families, especially small children.
If you’re considering adopting an Airedale Terrier puppy, make sure you understand this breed’s special health considerations. They have an average life expectancy of 10 – 12 years.
Health issues to watch for are:
- Eye Problems
- Hip Dysplasia
- Skin Infections
Airedales are susceptible to Bloat, so monitor their food and water intake and don’t exercise them right after eating.
This breed is especially stoic and is not prone to whine or whimper when hurt. So, it’s important to pay attention to slight limps or excessive licking, since these may be signs of injury.
With all dogs, stay up to date on vaccines and shots and make sure to schedule regular checkups with your veterinarian.
Coat & Coat Care
Like many Terriers, these dogs have a hard and wiry, or broken, coat. Brush your pup 2-3 times a week to minimize shedding.
Before you buy an Airedale Terrier puppy, get familiar with the coat care of the breed. This dog requires hand stripping, which is grooming with a special tool designed to pull loose hair from the coat. Strip and trim every 6-8 weeks. Keeping the coat clipped so it is straight, neat, and close will give your Airedale a neat appearance. Bathe only when necessary.