Airedoodle
Good Natured and Intelligent

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Airedoodle

The Airedoodle is a hybrid breed that crosses the Poodle with the Airedale Terrier which results in a fairly big dog who is intelligent, good natured and is great as work dog or a family dog. He has a life expectancy of ten to fifteen years and because of his Poodle background is hypo-allergenic so can be adopted by a family with allergies. He is best kept in a house with a large yard because he is full of energy but he is very easy going and very adaptable.

Here is the Airedoodle at a Glance
Average height 22 – 26 inches
Average weight 40 – 60 pounds
Coat type Medium length, wavy or curly, dense
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Moderate needs
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Should be brushed regularly
Touchiness Easy going
Tolerant to Solitude? Average, not for long periods
Barking Not much of a barker
Tolerance to Heat Can handle any climate
Tolerance to Cold Can handle any climate
Good Family Pet? Yes, a great family dog
Good with Children? Very good but his size may make him a bit big for the young ones
Good with other Dogs? Yes
Good with other Pets? If he's been socialized or grows up with them
A roamer or Wanderer? Average chances
A Good Apartment Dweller? No too energetic and big
Good Pet for new Owner? As long as you are prepared to give him enough exercise
Trainability Easy, he is intelligent and eager to please
Exercise Needs High
Tendency to get Fat Moderate to high if not exercised enough
Major Health Concerns None known
Other Health Concerns Hip Dysplasia is possible from his parents
Life Span 10 – 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $1000
Average Annual Medical Expense $450 - $650
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $400-$500

Where does the Airedoodle come from?

The Airedoodle being a designer breed is going to have characteristic from both parents. However you cannot always guarantee which ones he will get both in terms of his character and personality and how he looks. Here is a look at a brief history and overview of each of the parents so you get a feel for what could happen!

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The Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the terrier breeds and originates from Yorkshire, England where he was bred to be a sporting dog who joined working class men on the hunt. This means he is a brave dog and quite intelligent. They are also loyal and sweet tempered though sometimes have a stubborn streak. Their hunting nature means they love to dig, steal and chase other small animals including pets unless socialized well. They have to be part of the action and do not like being left out of family events. They have a lot of energy so need plenty of exercise.

The Poodle

The Poodle originates from Germany and was first bred for collecting waterfowl for hunters. While there are three sizes of Poodle they are not individual breeds just small Poodles bred to get small poodles. They are hypo-allergenic so are good for families with allergies and are highly intelligent and eager to please which means they are good at training and learning. They are loyal and good natured dogs but highly energetic so need a lot of stimulation and exercise.

Temperament

The Airedoodle comes from two parents who are known for being intelligent, loyal and good natured so he generally is also. Occasionally though he reveals a stubborn streak! He is friendly and loving and enjoys being part of the fun and at times can be a little mischievous. He prefers not to be alone for long periods and may start digging or chewing to indicate his unhappiness. He is very easy going and happy to please!

What does an Airedoodle look like?

At somewhere between 40 to 60 pounds and standing 22 to 26 inches tall he is a medium to large dog with square, muscular appearance. He has a round medium sized head with bright eyes that also round, and a muzzle that is medium in length ans often black in color. His ears hang down and are floppy. His coat is medium long in length and dense and can range from being just wavy to all the way curly like a Poodle. He can be found in several colors including tan, black, gray, brown, cream and apricot. Its texture depends on who he leans towards ranging from coarse to soft.

Training and Exercise Needs

Easy to Train

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He is super intelligent and keen to please so in most cases Airedoodles are very easy to train. They enjoy the mental stimulation and interaction with you too. They can often pick up additional tricks apart from general obedience and socialization training. Start the training from a young age to get the best out of your dog. The earlier you start the more success you will have and the easier it is for the both of you. Occasionally if you get a particularly stubborn natured Airedoodle he may try to resist initially but just stay calm but firm so that he known you are pack leader. However usually training an Airedoodle is quicker than many other dogs and will need fewer repetitions because he gets it so quickly.

How active does he need to be?

He comes from two breeds who are energetic themselves so he was bound to inherit this one! He does need a lot of exercise, physical in terms of long walks, runs, cycles, jogs, playing in dog parks, being let out into a yard where he is safe to play, and he needs mental challenges and stimulation too. To repeat he loves to play cannot be said enough for this hybrid! He is a talented dog too and does well in competitive obedience, hunting, guarding, tracking and police work which are way to keep him physically active and mentally stimulated. Ideally owners of an Airedoodle love to get out themselves so can be committed to keeping him active, healthy and happy.

Living with an Airedoodle

Grooming Needs

The Airedoodle may have some moderate shedding, it really depends on whether his coat leans more towards the Poodle who is not a shedder, or the Terrier who is a moderate shedder. He will need to be brushed regularly to keep his coat healthy. Bathe as needed and be sure to use a dog shampoo not a human shampoo, as the latter can be bad for their coats and skin. His coat is more hypo-allergenic than most other types of dogs because of his Poodle heritage.

Other grooming needs include trimming his nails as needed, you may want to get a groomer to do this for you, or at least be shown how to do it safely as you cannot cut too low on their nails otherwise there is pain and bleeding. His teeth need a regular clean too and wipe his ears with a damp cloth at least weekly to avoid infection.

Is he good with kids and other pets?

If he has been socialized from an early age he will get on fine with children, even young ones, and other pets. However even without socialization Airedoodles are usually still good with other dogs, pets, people and kids. Make sure your children know how to properly approach and play with a dog though. And his size means he may bump over toddlers without meaning too!

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In the home

He will need to be fed around 21/2 to 3 cups of good quality dry food each day, split into two meals. He is not much of a barker so you do not need to worry about neighbors complaining. Their size and high energy levels mean they are not good for living in apartments as they do need room to move around in and ideally a large yard too. They can handle living in most kinds of climates.

To keep him happy he needs attention, exercise, mental stimulation, play, more attention! They are a great family dog, very loyal and loving and are happiest when with other people. With training and socialization he is obedient too.

Health Concerns

There are no known health concerns for Airedoodles right now though it is possible they may inherit some of their parent's conditions such as Hip Dysplasia. Make sure you are able to see the health clearances for both parents before you buy a puppy.

Costs involved in owning an Airedoodle

Finding an Airedoodle puppy will not be simple as they are an uncommon hybrid though not rare. Costs average at the moment at $1000 but where you live, supply and demand will all have an impact on that figure. Other initial costs to keep in mind will be having him spayed or neutered for around $220, getting a crate for when you are at work $125, other medical costs like microchipping and blood tests $70, a leash and collar $35, misc items like bowls $40.

Then you have recurring annual costs with pet ownership such as food $225, Health insurance $225, toys and treats $80, license $20, training $120, other miscellaneous costs $65. For some there are additional costs such as if you use a groomer instead of doing it yourself, if you have to keep in kennels when you travel, if you hire a dog walker or dog sitter for when you are working.

Summary

The Airedoodle is a big dog with a big heart. Great as family pet, great for allergies, great for people in larger homes and are active themselves. He needs mental and physical stimulation from his owner to be fully happy but will be affectionate and loyal in return.

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