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Wire Fox Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Airedale Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Wire Fox Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Airedale Terrier" Compare Wire Fox Terrier and Cairn Terrier. Which is better: Wire Fox Terrier or Cairn Terrier or Airedale Terrier?
Name Wire Fox Terrier Cairn Terrier Airedale Terrier
OriginsEngland Scotland England
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank996955
Reviews000
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Other Names Wire Fox Terrier, Foxie, Wire Hair Fox Terrier, Wirehaired Terrier Cairn, Toto Dog Waterside Terrier, Bingley Terrier, Irish Red Terrier
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1913 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers 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 Club Espanol De Terriers 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 Club Espanol De Terriers 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
Price $800-$1200 $700-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Wire Fox Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Airedale Terrier

Size Small Small Medium
Weight Male: 15-20 pounds (7-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg) Male: 14-18 pounds (6-8 kg), Female: 13-17 pounds (6-8 kg) Male: 50-65 pounds (23-29 kg), Female: 40-45 pounds (18-20 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 17.5 pounds (8 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg) Male: 16 pounds (7 kg), Female: 15 pounds (7 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Male: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm), Female: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm), Female: 22-23 inches (56-58 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) Male: 11.5 inches (29 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Hair & Care - Wire Fox Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Airedale Terrier

Coat Wiry Waterproof Wiry Dense Rough
Colors White White & Black White & Tan White & Black & Tan White & Tan & Black Cream Red Wheaten Brindle Gray Silver Black Tan Grizzle Black
Grooming
Average: The Wire Fox Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Cairn Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Airedale Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Wire Fox Terriers shed none to minimal.
Cairn Terriers shed moderately.
Airedale Terriers are low shedders.

Characteristics - Wire Fox Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Airedale Terrier

Temperament Alert Fearless Keen Intelligent Bold Friendly Quick Active Courageous Intelligent Assertive Fearless Alert Courageous Intelligent Confident Friendly Outgoing Adaptable Brave Playful Energetic Balanced Obedient Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Wire Fox Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Cairn Terrier's has great intelligence.
Smart: Airedale Terrier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Wire Fox Terriers are easy to train.
Cairn Terriers are easy to train.
Airedale Terriers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Wire Fox Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The Cairn Terrier is a playful breed.
The Airedale Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Wire Fox Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Cairn Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Airedale Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Wire Fox Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cairn Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Airedale Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Wire Fox Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Cairn Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Airedale Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Wire Fox Terrier is a very vocal breed.
High: The Cairn Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Airedale Terrier barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Wire Fox Terriers are average watchdogs.
Cairn Terriers are good watchdogs.
Airedale Terriers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Wire Fox Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Cairn Terriers are average defenders.
Airedale Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Wire Fox Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cairn Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Airedale Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Wire Fox Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cairn Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Airedale Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wire Fox Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Cairn Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Airedale Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Wire Fox Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Cairn Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Airedale Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Wire Fox 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.
Cairn 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.
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.
Adaptability
Wire Fox Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cairn Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Airedale Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Wire Fox Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Cairn Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
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 - Wire Fox Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Airedale Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Wire Fox Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Airedale Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Wire Fox Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Airedale Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Wire Fox Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Airedale Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Wire Fox Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Cairn Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Airedale Terriers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
Wire Fox Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Cairn Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Airedale Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Wire Fox Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cairn Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Airedale Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Wire Fox Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Cairn Terriers are generally with other pets.
Airedale Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Wire Fox Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Cairn Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Airedale Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Wire Fox Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cairn Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Airedale Terrier breed usually doesn't like 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.
Not really
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 - Wire Fox Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Airedale Terrier

Health Issues
The Wire Fox Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Cairn Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Airedale Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Arthritis Deafness Epilepsy Eye Problems Legg-perthes Disease Cataracts Craniomandibular Osteopathy Cryptorchidism Glaucoma Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Luxating Patella Microvascular Dysplasia Portosystemic Vascular Anomaly (PSVA) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Cancer Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Umbilical Hernias Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 13-14 years 12-15 years 10-13 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Wire Fox Terriers are high energy dogs.
Cairn Terriers are high energy dogs.
Airedale Terriers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Wire Fox Terriers need a lot of exercises.
Cairn Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Airedale Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Wire Fox Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Cairn Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Airedale Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Cairn Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Wire Fox Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Cairn Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Airedale Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Wire Fox Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cairn Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Airedale Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Wire Fox Terrier vs Cairn Terrier vs Airedale Terrier

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 4-6 puppies 2-10 puppies 7-9 puppies

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