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Airedale Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Airedale Shepherd so you can get to know the breed more.

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Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Airedale Terrier and a German Shepherd mix

Airedale Shepherd Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Airedale Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of an Airedale Shepherd in the United States? How much money is an Airedale Shepherd?

Where to buy an Airedale Shepherd with a good pedigree?

$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Airedale Shepherd, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Airedale Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Airedale Shepherd gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Airedale Shepherd? How many Airedale Shepherd are there in the world?
Average: The Airedale Shepherd is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Airedale Shepherd Size

Size
Is an Airedale Shepherd small, medium or large dog?

How big do Airedale Shepherd get?

What is the average size of an Airedale Shepherd?

LargeMedium
Weight
How much does the Airedale Shepherd weigh? How much should an Airedale Shepherd weight? What is the normal weight of an Airedale Shepherd? How much does a full-grown Airedale Shepherd weight?
Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Airedale Shepherd?
Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height
How tall is the Airedale Shepherd? Airedale Shepherd height:
Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Airedale Shepherd?
Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Airedale Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Airedale Shepherd have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
WiryDenseRoughFuzzy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Airedale Shepherd coats?
BlackTan Red SilverGrizzle
Grooming
How to groom the Airedale Shepherd and how often? How often should I take my Airedale Shepherd to the groomer?
Advanced: The Airedale Shepherd requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Airedale Shepherd a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Airedale Shepherd, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Airedale Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Airedale Shepherd? Do Airedale Shepherd dogs shed a lot?
Airedale Shepherd dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Airedale Shepherd breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Airedale Shepherd need a bath? How often should you give an Airedale Shepherd a bath? Can I bathe my Airedale Shepherd every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Airedale Shepherd Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Airedale Shepherd have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CuriousPlayfulEnergeticAlertCourageousIntelligentConfidentFriendlyOutgoingObedientLoyalWatchfulAdaptableBraveBalanced
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Airedale Shepherd? Is the Airedale Shepherd breed dumb or smart?
Outstanding: Airedale Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 95% of the time or better.

The Airedale Shepherd is one of the best breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Airedale Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train an Airedale Shepherd?
Airedale Shepherd dogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Airedale Shepherd is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Airedale Shepherd sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Airedale Shepherd dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Airedale Shepherd a good family dog?
High: Airedale Shepherd dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Airedale Shepherd need? Airedale Shepherd social needs:
Airedale Shepherd dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Airedale Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Airedale Shepherd bark?
Average: The Airedale Shepherd barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Airedale Shepherd good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Airedale Shepherd dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Airedale Shepherd dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Airedale Shepherd dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Airedale Shepherd dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Airedale Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Airedale Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Airedale Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Airedale Shepherd? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Airedale Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Airedale Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Airedale Shepherd has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Airedale Shepherd? How much bite force does an Airedale Shepherd have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Airedale Shepherd bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Airedale Shepherd, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Airedale Shepherd do?
Airedale Shepherd dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Airedale Shepherd dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Airedale Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Airedale Shepherd roam?
Airedale Shepherd dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Airedale Shepherd have high prey drive?
Airedale Shepherd dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Airedale Shepherd dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Airedale Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have an Airedale Shepherd in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Airedale Shepherd indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Airedale Shepherd dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Airedale Shepherd be left alone? How long can you leave an Airedale Shepherd alone?
Airedale Shepherd dogs 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.

Airedale Shepherd Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Airedale Shepherd temperament with other people:
Airedale Shepherd dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Airedale Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are Airedale Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Airedale Shepherd dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Airedale Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Airedale Shepherd temperament with children:
Airedale Shepherd dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Airedale Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Airedale Shepherd breed live with a cat?
Airedale Shepherd dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Airedale Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Airedale Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs?
Airedale Shepherd dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Airedale Shepherd is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Airedale Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Airedale Shepherd breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Airedale Shepherd dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Airedale Shepherd dogs good office canines? Do Airedale Shepherd dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Airedale Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Airedale Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Airedale Shepherd temperament with senior people? Are Airedale Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
Airedale Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Airedale Shepherd Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Airedale Shepherd dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Airedale Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Airedale Shepherd breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Airedale Shepherd breed? Most common health risks of Airedale Shepherd:
CataractsHip DysplasiaAllergiesCancerHypothyroidismProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Umbilical HerniasVon Willebrand's DiseaseBloatEpilepsyBlindnessCherry EyeElbow DysplasiaDiabetesHeart DiseaseRetinal DysplasiaDemodectic MangeDegenerative MyelopathyWobbler's SyndromePanosteitisHemophilia BMegaesophagusCushing's SyndromeLens LuxationExocrine Pancreatic InsufficiencyChronic DiarrheaCruciate Ligament RuptureDigestive ProblemsHemophilia AHypertrophic OsteodystrophyLupusMyasthenia GravisNail Bed DiseaseOsteochondrosisPannusParalysisPerianal FistulaSeborrheaVitiligo
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Airedale Shepherd breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Airedale Shepherd see the vet?
Average
The Airedale Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Airedale Shepherd dogs live? How old can a Airedale Shepherd be? What is the age limit of the Airedale Shepherd? How many years can the oldest Airedale Shepherd live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Airedale Shepherd?

How long is the lifespan of an Airedale Shepherd?

9-13 years
The average lifespan of Airedale Shepherd: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Airedale Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Airedale Shepherd dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Airedale Shepherd have? What is the activity level of the Airedale Shepherd?
Airedale Shepherd dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Airedale Shepherd need? How much exercise do Airedale Shepherd dogs require per day?

Do Airedale Shepherd dogs need a lot of exercises?

Airedale Shepherd dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Airedale Shepherd breed need?
Airedale Shepherd dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Airedale Shepherd need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Airedale Shepherd breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Airedale Shepherd? How much food should I feed my Airedale Shepherd?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Airedale Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average: The Airedale Shepherd has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Airedale Shepherd weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Airedale Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Airedale Shepherd drool?
The Airedale Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Airedale Shepherd could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Airedale Shepherd.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Airedale Shepherd As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Airedale Shepherd be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Airedale Shepherd breed is a good choice for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Airedale Shepherd be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Airedale Shepherd be an emotional support animal?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Airedale Shepherd breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Airedale Shepherd be a sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work. 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.

Airedale Shepherd breed is a good choice for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Airedale Shepherd be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog. 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.

The Airedale Shepherd breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Airedale Shepherd be a boat dog?

Not really

Airedale Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Airedale Shepherd be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Airedale Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Airedale Shepherd dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.

Airedale Shepherd Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Airedale Shepherd pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Airedale Shepherd breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Airedale Shepherd: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Airedale Shepherd have in a litter? How many puppies can the Airedale Shepherd breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Airedale Shepherd have? How many puppies can an Airedale Shepherd give birth to?
6-10 puppies

Airedale Shepherd Recognition

AKC Group
Is Airedale Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Airedale Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Airedale Shepherd breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.

Airedale Shepherd Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Airedale Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Airedale Shepherd dogs are very easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Airedale Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Airedale Shepherd dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Airedale Shepherd dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Airedale Shepherd dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Airedale Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Airedale Shepherd dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Airedale Shepherd dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Airedale Shepherd requires a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Airedale Shepherd dogs shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: Airedale Shepherd dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Airedale Shepherd dogs 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.
  • Cat Friendly: Airedale Shepherd dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Airedale Shepherd dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Airedale Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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