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Airedale Terrier

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The largest of all terriers, Airedales are rightly regarded as "kings of the terriers". These handsome dogs are strong, well-built creatures whose wise appearance matches their intelligence.

Where I'm From

The breed’s origins can be traced back to the 19th century as a result of the crossbreeding between Terriers and Otterhounds. The people of the Aire valley of Yorkshire were in need of a dog that was both an eager hunter and a loyal family companion.

Airedale Terriers were extremely popular in the area thanks to their versatility as pets. They could run fast and keep up with the hunt, they were excellent swimmers and could easily navigate through rivers, and they were brave creatures that would not back down from a fight.

Today, these furry friends are incredible family pets that are particularly fond of children.

What I Look Like

Airedales are characterized by tan-coloured coats that are elegantly adorned by black markings. These attractive pooches’ fur is double-coated and slightly curled.

They have an athletic built that showcases their strength and speed. They might not strike you as incredibly large dogs, but these stylish pets are actually the tallest terriers in the world.

How I Act

Airedale Terriers are simply delightful creatures that adore being around people. These playful animals are incredibly loyal, and will remain by your side as long as you treat them with kindness and respect.

Like other terriers, Airedales are very agile and obedient. This has allowed these capable pooches to become champion dogs in competitions.

The breed is known to be quite affectionate of children, and they make excellent caretakers for little ones. Airedales love to entertain people, which is something young owners will appreciate from their beloved companions. These amazing babysitters are always on the alert, and are sure to protect their family from danger.

Despite their size, remember that Airedales are still terriers and, as such, they have a tendency to chase after small animals and dig hole whenever they can.

Looking After Me

These athletic terriers require an extensive exercise routine, and they should be allowed to go for walks and have a play for at least an hour a day. They love going out for jogs, so let them join you whenever you go out for a run. Their intelligence also means Airedales excel at more challenging physical activities such as obstacle training.

Grooming your pet will not take a lot of your time. One or two brushes a week, and a trim of their hair every couple of months should keep them looking like rock-stars.

Airedales love to chew on things and play around, so make sure your terrier has access to plenty of dog toys.

These terriers, like any other dog, are prone to several medical conditions including hip dysplasia, cancer and allergies. If you notice anything wrong with your precious pooch, don’t hesitate to go see your vet.

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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.