The Airedale Shepherd: A Complete Guide

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The Airedale Shepherd is a mix between the Airedale Terrier and the German Shepherd. Large in size, the fur of this hybrid is long and rough.

It’s very much shaped like its German Shepherd parent, while its muzzle and ears look a lot like its Airedale Terrier parent.

These hybrid dogs are known to be good with children as well as with other animals.

The Airedale Shepherd has been found to be watchful, alert, curious, and obedient. It functions as a watchdog, companion dog, and guard dog.

Training is required of the breed at an early age, and they are easy to train. Dogs of this mix can be seen in black and tan colors.

Airedale Shepherd Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Airedale Shepherd looking at you
The Airedale Shepherd is watchful, alert and obedient.

What Price are Airedale Shepherd Puppies?

The price of Airedale Shepherd puppies is anywhere between $300 and $900.

How to Find Reputable Airedale Shepherd Breeders?

Going online is an obvious and tempting place to start looking for reputable breeders.

But unless they are personal recommendations or are accredited by recognized kennel clubs, you could be potentially wasting your time looking at disreputable ones.

Instead, consider asking your local vet, visiting a dog show, or looking online at the national breed or kennel clubs for breeder referrals.

There’s no substitute for reliable personal recommendations either. If you know someone with a fantastic puppy, ask them which breeder got it from.

3 Little-Known Facts About Airedale Shepherd Puppies

  1. Somewhat surprising for an independent hunter, the Airedale Shepherd loves a lot of attention. The more time you can spend with him, the happier and more stable he will be.
  2. Hand in hand with his love of attention, The Airedale Shepherd enjoys being trained. Like all other dogs, he will respond better when given plenty of positive reinforcement.
  3. The Airedale Shepherd is perfectly fine with repetitions. With luck, the skills you are aiming for will not need ten thousand repeats!

Physical Traits of the Airedale Shepherd

The Airedale Shepherd is a hybrid dog from the Airedale Terrier and German Shepherd.

Most of its shape is like that of a German Shepherd, while its muzzle and ears are typically like that of the Airedale Terrier.

The German Shepherd is a large, athletic, and muscular dog that is longer than it is tall. The front legs of the breed are straight, and the thighs are muscled.

They have compact feet with arched toes and thick pads and nails that are typically dark and short.

The head is in proportion to the body and the eyes are dark and almond-shaped. A muscular neck and strong back are hallmarks of the breed.

The German Shepherd has a double coat in various colors. The face of the Airedale Terrier is long and strong, and the breed has a coat of medium length, in a tan and black or grizzle pattern.

Your Airedale Shepherd will have a physical appearance according to whichever parent is more dominant.

Maintenance is required of both German Shepherds and Airedale Terriers and will be necessary for your hybrid.

The German Shepherd has a double coat that will shed all the time. Regular brushing at least once a week can be very helpful. Expect that the shedding will increase seasonally.

The Airedale Terrier has a dense and wiry coat that requires more brushing, along with cutting and shaping, perhaps with the assistance of a groomer.

Outdoor time is very important. Making a yard for the dog to run and play in is very helpful. Should a yard be unavailable, plenty of outdoor activity will suffice.

A black and brown Airedale Shepherd sticking its tongue out
The Airedale Shepherd needs a lot of physical activity.

How Big is a Full-Grown Airedale Shepherd?

The height of male and female Airedale Shepherds is 24 to 26 inches. The males are heavier at 66 to 88 lbs. while females weigh 48 to 70 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Airedale Shepherd?

The life expectancy of Airedale Shepherds is 10 to 13 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Airedale Shepherd

The Airedale Shepherd is good with children and other animals. It’s watchful, alert, curious, and obedient.

Much of his temperament comes from the German Shepherd, who is known to be one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs.

Courageous and loyal, they love their humans and are wary of strangers, barking to alert that something is amiss.

Airedale Terriers are bold, playful, and adventurous. While it’s very intelligent, it can be headstrong and obstinate. The Airedale Shepherd will require training from a young age.

They are very easy to train, and certain commands will be quickly learned.

Behavior training will be necessary so that they do not develop bad habits. It is important that while you are training them, you don’t get impatient. Keep a firm but kind demeanor.

Do your best to avoid keeping any frustration that you feel out of your voice. They will sense your frustration and associate behavior training with your frustration.

Airedale Shepherds need to be mentally and physically engaged. If his life is that of a working dog, he will be a happy camper. If not, you must make time for him on a regular basis.

This is not an apartment dog that will be content to be left on his own. When he gets bored, he can grow destructive. He can turn your place upside down because of his size.

The Airedale Shepherd is an outgoing and confident dog. However, they can become aggressive so it’s important through his regimen of training to clearly and very early show him who’s the boss.

As a puppy, he must be adequately socialized so that he is not only obedient but also a good fit within your family, including your other pets.

It’s not a good idea to have pets that his instinct considers prey, like rabbits, hamsters, or rats, however ‘sweet’ your Airedale Shepherd’s temperament is.

The Airedale Shepherd is an athletic breed. He needs his physical exercise. Without it, he will have a ton of nervous energy in surplus, searching for an outlet.

A Airedale Shepherd laying on its dog bed
The Airedale Shepherd enjoys being trained.

The Airedale Shepherd’s Diet

An Airedale Shepherd has certain health and physical requirements that can be met with the help of high-quality food.

Due to their energetic nature, they require a power-packed diet. They require a higher content of protein in their diet. This protein is what provides the energy and keeps them strong and healthy.

Protein also plays a vital role in its growth. It’s recommended that they get at least 22% of protein in its diet.

It is best to feed pure protein instead of buying poor quality dog food that has corn syrup added as a filler which is extremely harmful to a dog.

The other nutritional requirement is fat. But too much fat in their diet can also be harmful to their health.

Fat content in a dog’s diet also keeps its fur healthy. As an Airedale Shepherd sheds a lot throughout the year, it must be given the right amount of fat in its food.

The individual needs of Airedale Shepherds depend on several factors including age, sex, lifestyle, and much more.

The food requirements for a young Airedale Shepherd don’t need to match an adult Airedale Shepherd.

Sometimes younger Airedale Shepherds require a high-energy diet to keep them active, especially when they live both indoors and outdoors.

They require a diet rich in protein to regulate their body temperature. Young puppies need to eat 3 to 4 smaller meals each day.

your puppy reaches the 6-month mark, you can reduce the number of times they eat each day to just one or two.

How Much Exercise Does an Airedale Shepherd Need?

The Airedale Shepherd has a lot of energy and requires a lot of physical activity.

This active companion will do well with a yard they can run around in and will accompany you on walks, runs, and bike rides.

To make sure that your Airedale Shepherd gets the activity they need, you will want to take them on at least two walks every day.

Daily exercise for your Airedale Shepherd is important. Your Airedale Shepherd is recommended to have running and walking exercises to meet its breed-specific exercise requirements.

Airedale Shepherd Health and Conditions

Airedale Shepherd is a healthier breed like other hybrid breeds.

However, Airedale Shepherd tends to suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia. Bloat and footpad disorder can also be a concern.

My Final Thoughts on the Airedale ShepherdThe Airedale Shepherd dog breed

Airedale Shepherds are very good with children, as well as with other animals in the household.

You just need to be cautious when there are smaller critters present because they can activate the dog’s natural hunter instincts.

These dogs are intelligent and very easy to train.

They are alert, observant, obedient, and curious, inheriting most of the great habits and qualities of their German Shepherd parent breed.

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