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Airedale Terrier vs Bernese Mountain Dog vs Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Airedale Terrier vs Bernese Mountain Dog vs Poodle" Compare Airedale Terrier and Bernese Mountain Dog. Which is better: Airedale Terrier or Bernese Mountain Dog or Poodle?
Name Airedale Terrier Bernese Mountain Dog Poodle
OriginsEngland Switzerland Germany France
Group Hunting Dogs Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank55257
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Other Names Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier, Irish Red Terrier Berner Sennenhund, Bernese Cattle Dog, Berner French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Swiss Mountain- and Cattledogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $600-$800 $800-$1000 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Airedale Terrier vs Bernese Mountain Dog vs Poodle

Size Medium Large Medium
Weight Male: 50-65 pounds (23-29 kg), Female: 40-45 pounds (18-20 kg) Male: 85-110 pounds (38–50 kg), Female: 80-105 pounds (36–48 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19 kg) Male: 97.5 pounds (38–50 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (36–48 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), Female: 22-23 inches (56-58 cm) Male: 24-28 inches (61–71 cm), Female: 23-27 inches (58–69 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 26 inches (61–71 cm), Female: 25 inches (58–69 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more

Hair & Care - Airedale Terrier vs Bernese Mountain Dog vs Poodle

Coat Wiry Dense Rough Dense Curly
Colors Tan Grizzle Black White Black Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Airedale Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Bernese Mountain Dog requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Airedale Terriers are low shedders.
Bernese Mountain Dogs shed above average.
Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Airedale Terrier vs Bernese Mountain Dog vs Poodle

Temperament Alert Courageous Intelligent Confident Friendly Outgoing Adaptable Brave Playful Energetic Balanced Obedient Loyal Affectionate Intelligent Faithful Loyal Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Airedale Terrier's has great intelligence.
Very smart: Bernese Mountain Dog is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Airedale Terriers are very easy to train.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Airedale Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Bernese Mountain Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Airedale Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Airedale Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Airedale Terriers are a social breed.
Bernese Mountain Dogs need for social interaction is average.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Airedale Terrier barks occasionally.
Average: The Bernese Mountain Dog barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Airedale Terriers are good watchdogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Airedale Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Airedale Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Airedale Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Airedale Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have average wanderlust potential.
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Airedale Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Airedale Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Airedale Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bernese Mountain Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Airedale Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Airedale Terrier vs Bernese Mountain Dog vs Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Airedale Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Airedale Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Airedale Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Airedale Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Airedale Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bernese Mountain Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Airedale Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Airedale Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are generally with other pets.
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Airedale Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Bernese Mountain Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Airedale Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bernese Mountain Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Airedale Terrier vs Bernese Mountain Dog vs Poodle

Health Issues
Airedale Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Cancer Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Umbilical Hernias Von Willebrand's Disease Bloat Cancer Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Panosteitis Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Von Willebrand's Disease Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd) Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Ear Infections Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Neonatal Encephalopathy (news) Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patellar Luxation Premature Graying Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Runny Eyes Sebaceous Adenitis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 7-10 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No Yes
Energy Level
Airedale Terriers are high energy dogs.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Airedale Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Bernese Mountain Dogs have an average exercise need.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Airedale Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Bernese Mountain Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Bernese Mountain Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Airedale Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Bernese Mountain Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Airedale Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bernese Mountain Dog drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Airedale Terrier vs Bernese Mountain Dog vs Poodle

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 7-9 puppies 1-14 puppies, average 8 2-4 puppies

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