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Keen of expression and with a swash-buckling attitude, the Airedale Terrier is the largest of the many terrier breeds and is often referred to as the “King of Terriers.”
He is also probably the most versatile of all terriers, having been bred to hunt fur and feather, retrieve over land and water, as well as being used as a pit fighter, ratter, herder, police dog, guide dog for the blind, plus messenger dog and sentry during the First World War.
It goes without saying that a dog with such multi skilled heritage excels at obedience, and is versatile in the extreme. The Airedale Terrier is noted for his courage, sportsman-like qualities and infinite patience, particularly with children.
The correct temperament in puppyhood is one of discretion and, when mature, a certain dignified aloofness with strangers.
With his own family, the Airedale is renowned for his deep-seated loyalty, engaging personality and sweetness of disposition. However it is not recommended that he be kept in the home with another dog of the same sex.
The Airedale enjoys exercise, requires combing on a regular basis, and will need his coat professionally trimmed every 4 to 5 months.
The American Staffordshire Terrier’s muscled build and protective instinct should make strangers beware, yet with their own family they are devoted, gentle and loving.
Some American Staffordshire Terriers are dual-registered as an American Pit Bull Terrier with the UKC and as an American Staffordshire Terrier with the AKC; however, this draws criticism from many who point out that the bloodlines have been separate for too long for these to be considered the same breed.
They are courageous and a tenacious fighter if provoked. Training can be a challenge because of their pushy yet sensitive character.
Their natural temperament towards people is gentle and loving, unfortunately some have been improperly handled giving the American Staffordshire Terrier a bad reputation.
They are loyal, intelligent, determined, tough and devoted; they do well with children when socialized as a puppy; they often do not do well with other pets.
Proudly Australian, the breed evolved from a variety of British terriers that had been brought out to this country by settlers. Specifically bred for Australian conditions, this hard-bitten tough little terrier was used for everything from guarding the farms and mines to hunting, and from tending the sheep to killing rats and snakes.
Although essentially a working terrier, the “Aussie” as he is affectionately known, soon endeared himself to all those with whom he came in contact as a very desirable companion dog in his own right.
Equally suited to town or country living, the Australian Terrier is noted for his loyalty, intelligence and even disposition.
He is neither highly strung nor a persistent barker, but with his inbuilt spirit, courage and air of self assurance, happily assumes the role of protector for home and household. Sturdy, with a harsh easy-to-care for coat, and a history of longevity, the Australian Terrier finds much favour as both an indoor and outdoor companion.
Affectionate and well-mannered this spunky little dog tends to develop its own amusing and endearing characteristics to delight the family.