Posey the Airedale Terrier and Kelvin the Rottweiler show how two very different breeds with two very different play styles can mess them together so nicely!
Airedales are just great! I don’t think there is a better dog for kids on the planet than an Airedale. I don’t think there is a better dog period. They are incredible.
Great vid but in my experiences the docility of this breed is very dependant on the breeder. They can range from being extremely gentle to downright nuts depending on their breeding.
The Airedale was developed from the OTTERHOUND and THE OLD ENGLISH BLACK &TAN TERRIER, which is now extinct. NOT THE WELSH TERRIER, the Old English Black & Tan looks very much like the Welsh Terrier. That said, the Airedale is not AGGRESSIVE.
Pres. Teddy Roosevelt famously said: “An Airedale can do anything you ask another dog to do, then whip the other dog, if he has to.”
An Airedale is a quick learner and can be trained very easily. But, it also gets bored quickly, and requires regular mental and physical stimulation. A long walk, a chance to romp through a safe area or a physically tiring game should be good enough for this. A bored Airedale is known to fill up a yard with holes in one evening – the poor thing is just living up to its hunter genes!
The Airedale Terrier makes for an excellent member in a family that has kids. It is aggressive by nature, so if it is needed to interact well with other pets and suppress its hunting instincts, it is advisable to raise it from early years with smaller animals like cats and rabbits. It interacts better with larger animals, unless in a threatening situation.
The lifespan of an Airedale Terrier is from 10 to 13 years, similar to other breeds of this size. It is a fairly sturdy breed, but some dogs are prone to eye infections, hip dysplasia and skin infections and need to be checked for these regularly. Hip Dysplasia, which is a genetic cause of arthritis, should be checked for in dogs that are being used for breeding. Skin infections can be discovered late in some dogs because of their dense coats.
For more information about the Airedale Terrier you might want to visit Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.