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   Airedale Terriers




                  The king of Terriers




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                               Table of Contents

Foreword ......................................................... 4

1. Airedale Terriers-a Snapshot ............................... 5
  Airedale Terrier- At a Glance................................................................................. 5
  General Appearance ................................................................................................. 5
  Features ....................................................................................................................... 6
  History .......................................................................................................................... 7

2. Bringing Up Your Airedale Terrier Puppy ................. 9
  First Day / First Night........................................................................................... 14
  Crate Training .......................................................................................................... 14
  Housetraining........................................................................................................... 15
  Physical Activity....................................................................................................... 16
  Acceptable Puppy Behavior ................................................................................. 16
  Potty Training your Dog........................................................................................ 18

3. All About Grooming ......................................... 22
  Grooming Profile...................................................................................................... 22

4. Feeding Your Airedale Terrier ............................. 26
  Treats .......................................................................................................................... 31

5. Health Problems That Could Dog Your Airedale Terrier
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  Heat Stroke ............................................................................................................... 36
  Frost Bites ................................................................................................................. 39
  HYPOTHERMIA........................................................................................................ 40
  HEAVY SNOW FALLS OR BLIZZARDS............................................................. 41
  The Toxic Environment ......................................................................................... 42
  RX for R-dales... ...................................................................................................... 45
    KNOWING THE DOG ......................................................................................... 45
  EVALUATING THE DOG'S GENERAL HEALTH: ........................................... 47
    PART I: The Vital Signs ..................................................................................... 47
    PART II: Health checklist: A Healthy Dog ................................................... 47
    PART III................................................................................................................... 47
    PART IV: THE SYMPTOMS OF HEALTH PROBLEMS ............................. 48
    POTENTIAL LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES ................................. 49


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7. Teaching Them To Love & Obey .......................... 54
  Tips .............................................................................................................................. 54
  Rewards...................................................................................................................... 55
  Overall Exercise ....................................................................................................... 55
  Dog Tricks.................................................................................................................. 56

8. When Your Airedale Terrier Becomes Old ............... 60

9. Facts About Breeding Your Airedale Terrier............. 62
  ATCA Breeder's Guidelines of Responsibility................................................. 62
  List of breeders ........................................................................................................ 64

10. First Aid..................................................... 75

11. FAQ’s ........................................................ 76

12. Conclusion.................................................. 78




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Foreword
The versatility of Airedales is such that President Theodore Roosevelt was
prompted to remark, "An Airedale can do anything any other dog can do and then
whip him if he has to."

One of the most versatile working dogs around, Airedale terriers are not only an
intelligent and smart but they have in the past have proven their mettle time and
again.

The Airedale terrier has been used as hunting dogs, police dog as well as
messenger dogs during the world war I. this is an ample evidence of their
courage and intelligence.




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1. Airedale Terriers-a Snapshot


Airedale Terrier- At a Glance

Size/Height                                  Dogs 22-24 inches (56-61 cm.)
                                             Bitches 22-23 inches (56-58 cm.)
Coat Length                                  Short
Grooming                                     Medium
Activity                                     Medium
Temper                                       Quiet
Child Tolerant                               Yes
Animal Tolerant:                             No
Stranger Tolerant                            Yes
Social/Independent                           Social
Intelligence                                 Average
Trainability                                 High
Weight:                                      Dogs 50-65 pounds (23-29 kg.)
                                             Bitches 40-45 pounds (18-20 kg.)
Life Expectancy                              10-14 years
Average cost of a puppy                      US$ 700-1000


General Appearance
                                              Airedale Terrier is the largest of the
                                              terriers. An Airedale terrier is a
                                              muscular, active and a fairly robust
                                              dog. An Airedale terrier is keen of
                                              expression, quick of movement, on the
                                              tip-toe of expectation at any moment.
                                              The character of an Airedale terrier is
                                              denoted and shown by expression of
                                              eyes, and by carriage of ears and
                                              erect tail.

                                              Temperament

                                            An Airedale terrier is an outgoing,
                                            confident, friendly, courageous and
                                            intelligent dog. Another temperamental
                                            trait of Airedale terrier is that it is alert
at all times. By nature Airedale terrier are not aggressive to others but yes they
are a fearless breed always ready to protect its master.




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Features

The Airedale terrier is also called the kings of terriers, so it is imperative for an
Airedale terrier to have kingly traits and posture, for no reason an Airedale terrier
is called the kings of terrier. According to the AKC standard, "Dogs should
measure approximately 23 inches in height at the shoulder; bitches slightly less.
Both sexes should be sturdy, well muscled and boned ... An Airedale much over
or under the correct size should be severely penalized in the show ring". Given
below are some of its important features.

   •   Head and Skull

The Airedale’s skull is long and flat, not too broad between the ears, and
narrowing slightly to eyes. The head is well balanced, with no noticeable
difference in length between skull and foreface. The face is free from wrinkles,
cheeks level and free from fullness. The Airedale’s forehead is well filled up
before eyes. The upper and lower jaws of Airedale terrier are deep, powerful,
strong and muscular.

   •   Eyes, Ears, Mouth, Neck

The eyes of an Airedale terrier are dark in color, small, not prominent and is full
of terrier expression, keenness and intelligence. The ears are "V" shaped with a
side carriage; small but not out of proportion to the size of dog. The mouth
including teeth, jaws are strong. The teeth are set in like a scissor, i.e. upper
teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. The Neck
of an Airedale terrier is clean, muscular and is of moderate length and thickness,
gradually widening towards shoulders, and free from throatiness.

   •   Forequarters, Body, Hindquarters

The forequarters and shoulders of an Airedale terrier are long, well laid back,
sloping diagonally; shoulder blades are flat. The forelegs of an Airedale terrier
are perfectly straight with good bone structure. The elbows are perpendicular to
body, working free of sides. The body - back short, strong, straight and level,
shows no slackness. Loins are muscular and ribs well strung. The Airedale
terrier’s chest is deep but not broad. The Hindquarters and thighs are long and
powerful with muscular second thigh, stifles well bent, turned neither in nor out.

   •   Feet, Tail

The feet of an Airedale terrier are small round and compact, with a good depth of
pad, well cushioned, and toes moderately arched, turning neither in nor out. The
tail of an Airedale terrier is set high and is not bent over back.




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   •   Coat, Color

The Coat of an Airedale terrier is hard, dense and wiry and is not so long as to
appear ragged. Lying straight and close; outer coat is hard wiry and stiff,
undercoat shorter and softer. The body color of an Airedale terrier is normally
saddle black and grizzle at top of the neck and on top surface of tail. All other
body parts support a tan color. The ears are often of a darker tan color, and
shading may occur round neck and side of skull.


History

The Airedale terrier is the largest of all terriers. Airedale terrier’s history can be
traced back to the mid-nineteenth century in Britain, where men started breeding
these dogs for certain characteristics. The primary need for breeding such a
breed was to get a dog that was smart and able to out smart its prey. Also there
was strong demand from the hunting community to have a dog that could follow
scent well, and be able to swim in the rivers where the object of the hunt
sometimes hid. Also there was a demand from farmers who wanted a dog that
could control the vermin that were destroying their crops. They also wanted a
strong guard dog to protect their families; the basic criteria for such a guard dog
was that its disposition had to be "sweet" towards family, yet aloof with strangers.

During the early years of breeding the Airedale went through many experimental
breeding to develop a perfect breed to fulfill all the needs. The one which
outstand all such experiments was the crossing of a terrier was the crossing of
the old Black and Tan Terrier with the Otterhound. The result of this crossing
enabled the dog to "swim down" river otters during a hunting session, and also a
dog which was capable of controlling vermin.

The Airedale terrier was known by several other names during its early years into
a breed namely the Working, the Waterside, and the Bingley Terrier. In the year
1879, at the Bingley, Yorkshire, Airedale Agricultural Society Show, the breed got
its present name.

Yet today, the Airedale terrier is thought to be one of the best all round breeds of
canine developed by man. The Airedale terrier is not only a very strong water
dog; they have also excelled as big game dogs. Airedale terriers have been used
in various capacities in Africa, India, Canada and America. Their hunting prowess
can be judged from the fact that In Canada and America, the Airedale has been
used to hunt the formidable Grizzly Bears successfully.

The Airedale Terries is a very versatile dog and have proven their mettle in
various capacities during its history. They have been successfully used during
the war time as guard dogs. They have been successfully used as police dogs,
with great result, although of late their usage as police dog has been on wane ,


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reason being unknown. Also Airedale terrier has been used as a guide dog for
the blind people.

It is a fine history for this breed, developed by man's needs. It must not be
forgotten that this animal is not only smart; it is patient, assertive and ingenious.
The owner of this dog is going to have to meet the dog on its terms, and have a
very good sense of humor, and self-esteem. It is humbling to be outsmarted by a
dog.




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2. Bringing Up Your Airedale Terrier Puppy
Well now that you have decided that you want to own an Airedale Terrier. But
there must be more pressing thoughts on your mind as what to do after deciding
as merely deciding on one thing doesn’t mean that you become one. Some of the
basic questions which come to mind are what steps should one take to insure
that the pup meets the expectations to become all the things one want him or her
to be? Because this is one purchase which should need considerable thought
and consideration, as this is going to stick with you for its lifetime unlike other
purchases like a loaf of bread or a bottle of wine, which one can throw into the
garbage if one doesn’t like the taste. But owning an Airedale terrier is altogether
a different story. An Airedale terrier will be like an integral part of your family for a
decade or more. Another important consideration which should go into buying an
Airedale terrier pup is the source. Source is as important as the dog itself. Say if
one wants to buy an automobile, we all almost impulsively ask all our friends who
happens to own an automobile to refer some reputable dealers. So one should
apply the same set of criteria’s when it comes to choosing a source for your
puppy. For a first time buyer or even for seasoned buyers who have had many
dogs as pets before, its always almost impossible for the buyer, to know what
any of the puppies will grow into physically and emotionally, so one must rely
entirely upon ones faith in the person from whom one is purchasing the pup.
Generally there are three options open to one in choosing this person:

   •   Pet Shop or Dealer – Avoid at all cost

The first choice which comes into mind to any would be prospective owner is a
pet shop or a dealer. But here the first choice is not the right choice. As almost all
pet shop establishment and dealers consider pet to be business commodities,
which has to be traded for making a profit. Pups selling at a pet shop or dealer
may be poorly bred and raised. They are usually thought of merchandise to be
sold for a high profit. This high profit is possible only because pet shop and
dealers put little care into these pups. Many of the pups selling at pet shops may
be suffering from some sort of disease. Pet shops rely heavily on impulse buying
which is no way to choose an addition to the family.

   •   Backyard Breeder – Avoid if you can

A backyard breeder can be classified as the person who owns a pet Airedale
terrier and thinks it would be "fun" to have puppies or maybe that it would be a
great experience for the kids. The worst underlying motive for such class of
breeder in breeding dogs is to make some quick money. Normally this breeder
knows little or nothing about the breed history or the accepted breed standard
and knows even less about grooming and care. Backyard breeders almost never
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They are more often than not aware of breed problems and often do not care.
Their main objective is to produce pups and to sell them quickly for making some
quick money.

   •   Hobby Breeder – Go for them

The serious and dedicated hobby breeder regards his dogs as just that a hobby.
He does not expect a profit. When someone breeds dogs for the enjoyment,
pleasure and "thrill" of producing the very finest possible specimens of the breed,
rather than for profit, the result is superior quality. These breeders acknowledge
responsibility for each and every puppy produced and stand behind every dog
they breed.

Clearly, one’s choice should be from the ranks of the hobby breeder. It is an
interesting fact that poor quality pups from pet shops and backyard breeders are
usually sold for the same price, and sometimes even more, than quality pups
purchased from serious hobby breeders. All three types of breeders sell puppies
that can be registered with the AKC, but registration is neither an assurance of
quality nor an indication of dedication to the breed. The question arises is, how
does one recognize the serious, dedicated hobby breeder? While the following
paragraph below identifies many of the attributes and characteristics of a serious
hobby breeder, almost no breeder will have all of these. So one shouldn’t be
afraid to ask questions or to confront a prospective source with these set of
requirements. It is your right as a perspective owner and one can rest assured
that a dedicated and reputable breeder will respond positively and with pride. If
the breeder meets all of these qualifications, be assured you're in good hands.

Finally, don't be impulsive. Keep in mind that one will be paying for quality no
matter where the puppy comes from. Whether or not one gets it is up to you.

   •   The breeder should belong to the Airedale Terrier Club of America, a local
       Airedale Terrier Club or a local all-breed club. Ideally, he or she belongs to
       all three, and possibly other organizations as well, although, sometimes
       not all the options will be available to them. Usually, participation in dog
       clubs indicates depth of involvement. The breeder is exposed to other
       points of view, learns more about their breed, general dog care, and
       modern breeding practices and is kept up to date. Often they will be
       breeding in accordance with a club "code of ethics".

   •   The breeder should be involved in some form of sanctioned competition
       with his dog(s). This means that the breeder is not breeding in a vacuum.
       The breeder who does not show may have no idea how good his dogs
       really are and is deprived of the opportunity to share information and ideas
       with others. Showing provides competition which encourages breeders to
       produce better dogs. Breeders who show are not relying solely on a
       pedigree to indicate quality.


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