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Airedale Terrier Puppies
If you are looking for a lively addition to your home, an Airedale terrier puppy is a great choice. Airedale Terriers are cute little terriers in a heftier package. They are medium sized dogs, but also the largest terriers. They have curly fur and long muzzles, and the resemble cuddly teddy bears.
Originally bred for working jobs, the Airedale Terrier used to be a favorite with the police. Getting an Airedale puppy means commitment, dedication, and a lot of time. If they are taken good care of, though, Airedale Terriers can be great family dogs. They are loyal and playful, and good with children.
Before you get your puppy
Before you get an Airedale puppy, you should determine if this kind of breed is right for you. In choosing a breed you should always figure out what you want from your dog. Are you looking for a dog that will sit at your feet and look nice? Are you interested in a low energy dog because you do not have much time for it? Then the Airedale is not the dog for you!
Airedale Terriers are lively and full of energy. They require a lot of attention and exercise, as well as special grooming needs. Airedales must be challenged and given something to do or they become destructive out of boredom. A household with children who are not too young is a great place for an Airedale, as these dogs can learn to be great with kids if they are properly socialized when they are puppies. For more information on choosing the breed that’s right for you, consult this guide.
Airedales can also be a bit hard headed. If an Airedale Terrier sees someone as submissive, they may have obedience issues with them. Airedales do not respond to harsh training methods. They are intelligent and can often quickly grasp what is being asked of them, but if they are made to repeat the task over and over they may refuse to. When you get an Airedale puppy, be prepared to put a lot of time into raising and training them properly. To prepare for having a puppy, find out more about methods of training your puppy here.
While Airedale Terriers can make great family pets, they do not always get along with other dogs in the household. They like to be “top dog” and can try to dominate any other dogs. If you already have a dog, you might need to be careful in how you introduce your Airedale puppy to the other dog. (Always be conscious of your other pets’ feelings, as well! Here are some tips on how to introduce a new puppy to a household that already has a pet).
Whether you are dealing with a rescue group or a breeder, make sure that the people you are dealing with are trustworthy and care for and about their dogs. Before you purchase your new Airedale puppy from a breeder, read up on how to pick a good breeder and what “red flags” to watch out for in a breeder. An Airedale Terrier can have many personalities, and where you get it can sometimes make all the difference.
Choosing a puppy
There are a number of choices for where to get your Airedale puppy, but with this breed, it is best to find a breeder. Often, a puppy’s temperament as an adult is a reflection of their parents. Find a litter of Airedale puppies, preferably where you can also observe the mother. If the mother is aggressive or unfriendly, there is a chance that her litter will be as well. Of course, temperament and personality is unique in every dog so this is not always true. Still, it is something to keep in mind when choosing a puppy.
It is often not a good idea to pick the puppy that is the most confident in interacting with you. This is especially true for Airedale puppies. Boldness and overconfidence in an Airedale puppy can indicate that the puppy is the “bully” of the litter and can grow up to be aggressive and overly dominating. Be equally wary of an extremely shy puppy. While shy puppies can blossom into loving adult dogs, they can also become even more shy and fearful of humans, which can lead to biting and other behavioral issues.
Beware of breeders who try to sell you a larger version of the Airedale Terrier (larger than about 22-24 at the shoulder as an adult). Known as Oorang Airedales, these extra large variations on the Airedale breed came to be in the 1930s. During this time, the Airedale Terrier was the most popular breed in America and England, and as a result the dogs were bred like livestock in some places. Due to improper breeding and care, they developed aggressive tendencies and genetic problems.
The Airedale’s coat should be brushed every week. They do not shed often, but getting an Airedale puppy also means finding a groomer to keep the dog comfortable and healthy. It is recommended that Airedale owners have their dogs groomed every 6 – 8 weeks. Before you get an Airedale puppy, try to locate a groomer who has experience with grooming Airedales – this is not always an easy task.
The Airedale Terrier breed is one of the healthiest out of all dog breeds. Unfortunately, the leading cause of death is cancer. As with other larger dogs, Airedales are susceptible to hip problems such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. Airedale Terriers have also been known to have skin problems due to chemically treated lawns and flea dips. Be wary of introducing your Airedale puppy (or adult dog) to these things, and make sure you keep an eye on them for any signs of a problem.
Airedale Terriers require a lot of attention and training. If you are willing to put some time and love towards raising an Airedale Terrier companion, you will have a wonderful addition to your family. Airedale Terriers are full of personality, and can be like having another child in the family. Every day is an adventure with an Airedale!