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Airedale History

Airedales have a long and distinguished history. The breed was created around 1785 in an area of the British Isles known as the Valley of the river Aire, or the Aire Valley. They were bred to be working dogs. Their intelligence and high-energy made them well suited for tracking down small predatory animals that were over-running the area.

Airedales Intelligence

Most dog owners like to believe their pets are intelligent. We talk to them, and expect them to understand. We get a little fussy when they leave a mess, because we expect them to know better. And we interpret their every behavior as if it were intentional and cleverly devised. Yet, truth be told, not every breed of dog has the smarts of of Rin Tin Tin.

So how intelligent are Airedales? Most experts give the breed a 4 out of 5 for intelligence, making them smarter than most other dogs. They can learn quickly and are able to solve complex problems on their own.

Airedale Temperament

Because Airedales are intelligent, they get bored easily. They do best when their humans spend time with them, or when they have challenging games to play on their own.

As long as you provide room for your dog to run and play, they will seldom engage in destructive behaviors, such as chewing and clawing on furniture. However, if you don't give your dog enough things to do, he will find ways to entertain himself. Some of those ways might not make you happy.

Are Airedales good with children? Absolutely. They rank as among the best dogs for households with children. The same can't be said of their disposition toward other animals. This breed is territorial, so they don't always play well with other dogs once they become adults.

Airedales are known for having high energy, without being aggressive. If you want a low-energy dog that is content to lay by your feet, then you probably want to consider another breed. If you want a fun, intelligent dog that can keep up with you, this may be the perfect breed for you.    

Airedales are not aggressive, but  they are fearless. They make excellent watchdogs and protectors. This breed's high intelligence, along with natural intuition and good perception, allows them to recognize an uncommon or dangerous situation. They make excellent companions for older children.  

Airedale Loyalty

The Airedale makes a loyal family dog. He or she will fight to protect home and family if necessary, and will prove to be a faithful companion for children and adults alike.

Airedales as Puppies and Adults

Airedales hang onto their puppyhood longer than most breeds, which is why people are so drawn to this breed. It’s not uncommon to see an 8-year-old Airedale that is willing to chase a ball or a Frisbee for as long as you want to throw it. Airedales generally love the water, and enjoy swimming and going to the beach.

Airedales as Show Dogs

It is no secret that Airedales are among the most sought-after dogs for showing. Their intelligence and physical characteristics make them excellent show dogs. However, don't let that scare you away. They are just as happy being the family dog!

Airedale Feeding and Nutrition

Airedales are made to be active, so they need high-quality protein. Like all other breeds, they need high quality food that is manufactured in America. We can advise on everything, including the best type of treats for your dog.

Adding Glucosamine to your dog's diet can help maintain good joint health over their lifetime. Taurine can be used to support good heart health. The right balance of phosphorous and bone-sourced calcium are essential for your dog to have strong bones and teeth. You don't want to give your dog too much or too little of any nutrient, so ask you vet what is best for your dog.

AIredale Training

You will find that your dog is a smart and fast learner. His superior intellect enables him to learn commands, routines, and tricks quickly. To help your dog get the most from his keen intelligence, begin his "primary education" while he is a new puppy. As he matures, he will use what you taught him to be a reliable and obedient pet and companion.

Airedale Health Issues

Many medium-to-large breeds, including Airedales, can suffer from hip dysplasia. To make sure your dog isn't prone to health issues, only buy your dog from a quality breeder. OFA or PennHip Certifications on both the Sire & Dam are a must. A good breeder will provide you with your dog's pedigree, which should be free of abnormally-high rates of health problems.

Airedale Life Expectancy

This breed, generally, lives 10 to 13 years. By giving your Airedale lots of love, a good diet, and plenty of regular exercise, you can expect them to have a long and happy life.

How Singing Hills Kennel Can Help

All Airedale breeders are not the same. Getting a happy, healthy dog means getting them from a certified breeder who specializes in Airedales.

Singing Hills Kennel is recognized by the American Kennel Association, and Bruce and Caron Jones are both Breeders of Merit. Why not call us today to discuss getting a quality, pedigreed Airedale puppy?