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The Airedale Terrier is the largest in the Terrier group. Standing two feet tall at the shoulders and weighing in around 60 pounds, the Airedale is known as “the king of Terriers” (just don’t tell them that!).
Airedales originated in England, where they were used for hunting. Eventually, people realized that the Airedale was truly good at almost everything, and its duties were expanded to include rodent control, guarding and delivering messages in war time. The Airedale was used as one of the first police dogs in Germany and has been a popular choice among American presidents –Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Warren Harding all had Airedales!
Given their intelligence and varied history of performing odd jobs, the Airedale is an independent breed and can be quite strong-willed. Airedales are loyal and sweet, and proper training of both dog and pet parent allow harmony in a house shared with Airedales and children. Their wiry black and tan coats need regular grooming.
While Airedale Terriers are perhaps best known for their wide array of skills and presidential popularity, they are also prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses Airedales are prone to include joint problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia; blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease and hemophilia B; heart problems such as pulmonic stenosis; and skin conditions such as allergic dermatitis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Airedale inherits more than just a personality fit for a king, your family budget will be protected.