Airedale Terriers are the largest of all terrier breeds. Originally from England, it is believed that they were created by crossbreeding a number of different terrier breeds. They have long muscular legs for sporting, and are reliable watchdogs or family dogs. They have a lot of drive, energy, and enjoy digging chasing and barking (in true Terrier fashion). Airedales have been described as alert, outgoing, intelligent, confident, friendly, and courageous.
Common Health Conditions
- Allergies are a common ailment in dogs, and the Airedale is no exception. There are two main types of allergies: food allergies or environmental allergies
- Dermatitis and hot spots. Skin issues may not be noticed in Airedales right away, due to their dense, wiry coats.
- Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Symptoms include chronic ear infections, bacterial infections of the skin, hair loss, lethargy, and depression. This condition is most commonly treated with medication and diet.