The wonderful Airedale Terrier has heads turning and hearts melting. No wonder this gorgeous breed is winning the praises of thousands across the globe. By Lauren Nethercote.
Personality: A fun-loving, loyal and very sweet breed that adores its family and will happily take all the affection it can get.
Favourite activities: Spending time with the family is top of the list for this pooch. The Airedale will also enjoy a daily outing — be it in the car or going for a walk.
Watchdog qualities: This canine makes an excellent watchdog and will bravely alert you to anyone who approaches your property.
Backyard requirements: This breed will happily exercise in a good-size yard, but will enjoy a daily walk. It needs to be included in family activities and loves spending time in the house.
Hereditary diseases: The Airedale is a hardy breed with few hereditary diseases. Things to watch out for are hip dysplasia and possible dry skin. Buying from a reputable breeder will reduce the chances of getting a pup with health problems.
Daily: Fresh water and a well-balanced diet. Enjoys a daily walk or run in a good-size backyard.
Weekly: A good weekly comb will help keep the coat free from mats.
Monthly: Regular nail trimming and ear cleaning.
Other: Gastrointestinal worming every three months for adults, more frequently for puppies, heartworming and vaccinations.
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