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Belgian Malinois – How to Keep It Healthy Always?

Mornin’ Dog Fans!


Catching sight of a Belgian Malinois and many will fall in love with in a second. Really, their appearance grabs most animal loving people. But, possessing proudly one of them, involves an active way of life. It means spending sufficient time in motion on fresh air. Because, you’d be mistaken if you think this dog will sit within your condo all day.

Just remember what you could read about their temperament in the previous section. Now, we will go through the requirements of their physical and mental health.

Dwelling Needs of the Belgian Malinois

The breed bears the not too extreme cold or hot temperatures problem-free. Their two-layered coat is water-resistant, and the under-layer helps to preserve body warmth in winter. Grooming necessities demand a lightweight brushing to get rid of lifeless hairs weekly.

Dwelling settlements for the breed needs to be arrange the way s/he has admittance to a secure, fenced-in space with shade exterior through the day. During nighttime, sleeping inside with family is their preferred way.

They require to have lively play periods within your yard and use up power via sprints or swift-paced jogs together with their owner. Besides, s/he particularly enjoys herding if the opportunity arises.

Sheepdog Background

Your Belgian Malinois canine specifically is a working dog. So, you must move not only the body – in excess of other dogs – but also their brain. S/he is almost capable of anything, provided that you set up new challenges each day.

“Short hair, long sense” – might say the Malinois owners about their favorite dog breed. And let’s face it; they would be not very far from the truth. The secret behind their success is rooted – besides the individual endowments – presumably in the shepherd dog inheritance.

The achieved results of sheepdogs in dog sports or in any dog work, as well as their leading roles, is clearly not accidental. Just think about the general responsibilities of the shepherd dog. The herding of the flock itself is by no means an easy task for the dogs.

Not just because the sheep or cows can certainly also be very unruly sometimes. But, because they should be able to solve independently certain situations. However, s/he should follow the instructions from his master, being subject in the management.


Meantime, a range of effects work in it, some of which are reinforce; others block their inherited instincts. The development and exploitation of the protective instinct necessary for defense / guarding, however, is not so simple. Reason is that it only culminates later in a degree to get a role in training.

High Movement Requirements

As I mentioned before, the physical and mental well-being is very important for the Belgian Malinois. Their build and toughness make them capable to fulfill serious tasks: avalanche rescue, military actions, narcotics/scent detection, police K-9s, personal guarding, security works.

Besides, the Malinois is suitable for doing all kinds of dog sports, such as ball games (fly ball), hunting practices, skill and obedience trials. And don’t forget that s/he makes the excellent family companion, if their movement need fulfilled.

The foregoing also showed that the Malinois is a temperamental and agile animal inherently. That’s why I don’t recommend it for everyone. Merely with a walk, or playing with a ball is inability to exploit the intellectual and physical capacity, and burn off pent-up energy.

Again, I stress the need for joint activities. The bored Belgian Malinois becomes dissatisfied, and this may lead to inappropriate behaviors. It’s therefore, unavoidable to spend the sufficient time for a thorough socialization at their young age.

Choosing a Malinois Puppy

My friend, to discover the diversity between the pups at first glance, get to know their different individuality is a great experience. However, it touches us even deeply when you start to feel special affection for one of the fur-babies.

As we observe the little puppies, one of them caught somehow caught our eyes. Possibly you may begin to be afraid of him from others, or, on the contrary, moved by its misbehavior. However, do not forget to check the puppy’s reactions.

Experience shows that this time will help if you rattle a bunch of key, or playing with a rag while you’re watching the designated puppy’s reactions. I use to sit between the litter (in work clothes, of course) and lift him or her up to see what s/he does.

Puppies with good nature are merry and nosey, interested in approach folks and being hold by them. Best policy is to select the middle-of-the-road pooch. Avoid the one that’s conquered its litter-mates as well as that’s hiding away from you.

Check the Parents

Furthermore, try to meet the pup’s dad and mom to be convinced they’ve nice temperaments that’s cozy for you. In general, the mom is the accessible from the two. Encounter litter-mates or additional relatives of parents can also be useful for assessing just what a puppy will probably be as an adult.

Naturally, you should check the origin and veterinary papers, too, before adoption. Discuss the breeder thoroughly over the required accommodation, eating habits and so on. If all is well, only, then bring home the Belgian Malinois puppy.

Prospective owners should know that the Malinois is not an average type among the Shepherd dogs. S/he’s a wonderful creature that requires a lot of love and “dog sympathy” from puppy-hood to grown-up age.

If s/he receives all of these, then it will be as it should be: bold, balanced and friendly dog who is trustworthy, kind playmate for the kids, and surround the whole family with constant gentle love.

Health Aspects

Nothing reveals more about that the Malinois had to meet the performance-driven requirements always than its good health. Serious illness which would be typical in the variety is not known. Despite its stock brokers humiliating speed lifestyle, there are species at the age of 10 – 12, which are working yet.

Hopefully, this condition will remain so, even though there are concerns that due to the markedly increasing popularity, the Belgian Malinois will also be diluted. To prevent this from happening, please, choose it for you only feeling a sense of commitment towards the breed, and you take the dog training at least as serious as the Malinois itself.

Have many successes,
Alex Sparrow

* Sources: dog shows, Malinois breeders, owners, experience.

Belgian Malinois Dog – Is It Worth to Adopt One?

Hello again!

belgian_malinois_exercisingAt the last occasion, we dealt with the origin of the Belgian Malinois dog. Furthermore, you also could read about the breeding history and their appearance in that article. Continuing the description, we get to know their temperament, and some personal experience also will be mentioned. All this info is important in light of whether you choose this breed as your working mate / family companion or not. Let’s start!

About the Character of Belgian Malinois

The character of the Malinois is complex. It can be best considered as a top-power canine. We can say in general that this shepherd dog is affectionate, generous and hard-working. And, it’s playful in the circle of family.

He is loyal to his master, to the family, but especially the children. It is courageous and responsible, and has a strong protective instinct. Typically, s/he is reserved toward strangers until it knows them. The aggression isn’t their trait.

The breed is known for its attentive ability, perseverance, courage, toughness, intelligence and meaning. They make excellent watchdogs. They protect your family and property in a very convincing way if needed.

The breed is reasonably pleasant in direction of other canines and pets living under the same roof. Apart from that, the Malinois can show dominating persona, thus requires a consistent hand in keeping and training equally.

A “Light Athlete”


The Belgian Malinois actually represents a prototype of “light athlete” in the world of dogs. Due to its harmonic, lean build and light bone structure, it’s very fast and maneuverable. Speed ​​is not only meant to move in its case.

Because of its reflexes, reactions can take place in seconds in a given situation. They told me an appalling example, a video recording, that demonstrated their “RING” work in a competition.

The Ring – where these dogs are highly successful in – is a special, freestyle guard covers sports, described simply. Here the dogs have to work varied and unpredictable life situations.

Belgian Malinois practicing Ring work

For example, full body catches are permitted. However, the maximum self-control and maneuverability are strict requirements.

An Illustration of Abilities

Well, the tape featured a Malinois, who got the task of the ‘fugitive’s capture’. The trainer sent the dog onto the sprinting training assistant, then conducted the “Leave it-Come in” order JUST BEFORE the catch.

The dog’s conduct was breathtaking. The animal has been floated in the air when the command said, but as soon as he heard the order, turned over a fraction of a second. Then with four feet stamping, pushed away from the assistant and galloped to its owner in its full power.

Well, the good Malinois can achieve such amazing performance in a competent hand. At the same time, it should be noted that all this could be brought out only with expertise, patience and hard work.

Looking Behind This Output

Well, those mighty be disappointed thinking the breed is a miracle dog who learns everything in seconds and doesn’t stop until reaching the top. It’s a false illusion to expect outstanding performance merely from the dog.

Furthermore, in case of any disappointment or failure is outright dishonesty to blame him. Just think about it; an awesome race car also cannot win, if the driver is mediocre or even worse.


In addition, the Malinois is such a “racing car” in which only equipped with steering wheel and brake. Gas pedal is not necessary at all, because the “engine” is rotating at the full speed all the time.


Among other things, this is the feature, which allows extraordinary results on the race track. At the same time, also because of this, it’s very easy to mess up its education.

Another feature of the Malinois is the (above mentioned) lightning-fast reaction capability. That is important to emphasize, because the instinct is very strong in this breed. Thus, it’s recommended to avoid over-exertion or early pressure in training in order to succeed.

This especially applies to the phase of security guard working, where developing the change of dog’s instinct demanded. The essence is bettering the predatory as well as guarding instinct and achieved stable switching between them.

In fact, it makes possible doing a precise and confident work, despite the different stimuli in diverse situations. It is obvious, that all this requires caution, if the reactions and changes take place in seconds.

Malinois Is Eager to Learn

Nevertheless, temperament would not simply happen. Many factors like congenital traits, socialization and training – among others – have the impact on a character. You should begin its education as soon as possible in order to evolve their extraordinary intelligence and adaptability appropriately.

The breed acquire knowledge quickly and eager to learn. The raising should not be major problems, provided that a calm atmosphere, takes place in a consistent manner. The Belgian Malinois dog should clearly feel the leading role of their owner.

If not, then one day he may decide to take over the flock – that is, control over the family. Therefore, the owner needs to be a strong personality. And besides educating the dog, s/he must carry out joint activities with him regularly.

Example of Our Own

Now, I’m fostering a Belgian Malinois puppy, until finding a new home for him. I’m spending with Larry hours brokenly due to its movement need, including at least an hour running around with other dogs.

During a week he learned properly the commands: “Listen to me,” “Sit” and “Down.” He grasped the “Listen to me” command easily within our yard, then continued in the park. The distractions and his curiosity slowed the process, of course.

I use the clicker method in training; it works well for us. Learning happens in short intervals to ensure that his attention not to go in different direction. With frequent rest periods, he can continuously obtain useful dog knowledge.

Lisa and Zizi accepted Larry into the family. He likes to run with me, enjoys to play ball, retrieve, and rampage without a leash. Later, we’ll try swimming in the river’s dead branches near us. The bad weather didn’t bother him at all.

Larry feels himself the most excellent way when we are in the dog school half-day. We are lucky because there were two different days alike, but otherwise I must organize a separate program for him.

Namely, Larry isn’t satisfied with the playing in the park one and a half hours in evenings. All in all, this Belgian Malinois puppy and I get along pretty well; he shakes up my old bones (and I love that).

To be continued with upkeep needs and health aspects next time,

Alex Sparrow

Belgian Malinois – Introducing an Excellent Working Dog

Hi Dog Folks!

Belgian_Malinois_portraitWhen it comes to the Belgian Shepherd dogs, people mostly think to the Tervueren only. Yet, that name is actually an umbrella term, since it covers four different versions. The short-haired Belgian Malinois is a member of this foursome team. The other tree versions are: the lush mane Tervueren, the midnight-black Groenendael and the curly-haired Lakenois. Today, we take a closer look at the Malinois version such as; history and appearance. Let’s start.

Developing History of the Belgian Malinois

As you would guess, the breed got its name after the town Mechelen (popularly says: Malines). This town is located between Brussel and Antwerp, in Belgium. It’s a clever, intelligent, and proud fellow in the Herding Group, having a background dates back to the early 1800s.

At that time in Belgium, there were a large number of similar-looking herding dogs, but people did not breed them consciously. These dogs have similar properties, but were mediocre, wild and sometimes aggressive canines.

People called the Belgian Sheepdog herding types lived then as Chiens de Berger Belge. Those were put to use as all-function service canines, primarily to protect livestock. Of course, people bred those dogs for working ability; appearance was negligible aspect.

Naming Complications

Meanwhile – because of existing various kinds of Belgian working dogs then – it was difficult to differentiate them within the group. It follows from that in-coordination, that a team of the Cureghem Veterinary Institute came on the scene.

They classified those canines into one class, which are most fit to the sheepdog category. Then, starting from this first sorting, and after a series of carefully crossing, they determined the Belgian Shepherd’s properties.

Professor Adolphe Reul researched those native canines in 1891 and announced the result. It showed that the particular, short-coated version is originated from Malines. These animals turned called as Belgian Malinois (pronunciation: Ma-Lin-Wah) and recognized as a breed.

In the Early 20th Century

In the early 1900s, the Groenendael and Malinois were the preferred types to export to different countries. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Netherlands, Switzerland and USA were the main importers.

The First World War brought new tasks for Belgian Shepherd dogs in military applications. Armies used them as Red Cross canines, messenger dogs, cart dogs for ambulance and machine-gun.


After WW I, the AKC registrations of Belgian Shepherd dogs grew significantly. Namely, the soldiers returning home from Europe brought Malinois as well as other types along with them.

1924 was the year of shaping the primary Belgian Sheepdog Club of America. And, the American Kennel Club accepted that as their member shortly afterwards. This has led to that the Malinois and Groenendael became fifth in the popularity list by 1924.

Around the Great Depression

Throughout the Great Depression, the canine breeding was a privilege the majority lacked. Due to that, their popularity reduced dramatically. Even the primary Belgian Sheepdog Club of America discontinued its operations.

So, the American Kennel Club registered only a few Malinois – due to dripped import – in the nineteen thirties. And, on the dog shows held in the 1930s & ’40s, they appeared in the Miscellaneous Class only.

However, this downward trend began to break in 1949. Namely, the second Belgian Sheepdog Club of America came into live. Moreover, several people also started to breed Malinois, followed the Netherlair kennel based John Cowley’s import.

The Malinois Breed Today

The AKC officially acknowledged the Belgian Malinois in 1959. So, increasing number of individuals dealt with breeding and exhibiting Malinois by the nineteen sixties. Consequently, the breed obtained the parent club status of AKC in 1992.

Since then, this breed has obtained plenty of interest in the job they perform. Just name a few: drug detection tasks, military, police and search and rescue operations worldwide.

Did you know that at present, the breed is ranked 59th on the popularity list of the AKC from ca. 160 breeds?


The Malinois stands in a state of readiness to protect and defend its family members and territory always. They have a square proportioned, harmonic physique to meet that task. You can see a muscular; however, stylish dog, showing slender energy.

The Belgian Malinois is equipped with sturdy forequarters and straight front legs. Their fore feet are round-shaped, well-padded; the black nails are strong. You also can observe their muscular thighs on the back legs which have similar feet than in front.

Their ears held erect and are triangular-shaped, proportional with the head. The muzzle is somewhat pointed, it features a black nose and supplemented by robust jaws. The teeth are closing scissor or level bite.

The sharply-outlined head has almond-shaped, brown-colored eyes. You may discover their alert, curious and intelligent facial expression as well. The Malinois holds its head proudly on the rounded neck, it also tapers properly to their body.

Gait and Coat

Their tail is powerful, and usually held vertical with a curve while the dog is moving. Apropos, the movement is also part of any dog’s appearance. Their gait may describe most appropriately as free, straightforward and smooth.

Their short coat contains two layers; the outer is straight and water resistant. The under-layer is tick. On the head, the outside part of ears and lower part of limbs the hair is very short.

Across the neck, behind the thighs, plus on the tail, the hair is longer. On the top of the thighs, the coat is lightly flagged. The coat is slightly longer on the neck portion and the tail.

The Belgian Malinois is reddish brown (from fawn to mahogany) in color and wears a black mask on his head.


Males are 24 to 26 inches (62 – 66 centimeters) tall at the shoulder and weigh 60 to 80 pounds (27 – 36 kilograms). Females are 22 to 24 inches high (56 – 62 centimeters) and weigh 40 to 60 pounds (18 – 27 kilograms).


The short fur of the Belgian Shepherd of Mechelen requires little care, if you don’t take it into show ring. You’ll bathe it when necessary.

And you only brush it with a solid bristle brush weekly, to remove dead hair. Please, remember, the Malinois is a molting type dog, s/he shed more heavily in fall and spring.

It’s recommended to keep the nails short, so, if it not wore down naturally, then you should trim them. That’s beneficial partly for the health of the legs of your canine, on the other hand, your clothing remains free from scratching.

Trimming time has arrived when you hear the nails of your Belgian Malinois clicking on the flooring.

Temperament, training, upkeep and health aspects are coming next time,

Alex Sparrow

* Sources: dog shows, breeders, experience, forums, owners.

Brussels Griffon Dog – A Rare and Exciting Breed


Cathegory Winner Brussels Griffon

I was lucky to meet the Brussels Griffon dog breed in agility competitions and dog shows on abroad several times. These events are great occasions to observe the different canines and to talk to their breeders as well. This breed belongs to the Toy Dog Group according to the AKC classification. In their small and stocky stature, you’ll find a cheerful – and sometimes mischievous – specialties. But, more about that later, now let’s get to know their history.

Origin of the Brussels Griffon

The past of these canines goes back to Belgium in the 1800s. From the little information available in Europe about the premature Griffons, it seems that some European royal family held Griffon as lapdog.

But, but rather these doggies were found on waterfront and in the stables.The primary purpose of the developing of Brussels Griffon has been as little rodent hunters plus companions.

This was particularly so in the field of Brussels, Belgium, where people – having hackney carriages – kept them as rat-catchers and watchdogs. They sat on the carriage and were well known due to their cheeky monkey-like facial expression.

Their researchers think that the breed’s bloodline most likely was taken from the Belgian street dog (referred as Griffon d’ Ecurie) as well as the Affenpinscher.

Progress Towards Registering and Popularity

These canines have been hybridized with the Pug, someday throughout the latter period of 1800s. The Pug was certainly one of Holland’s popular small breeds back then.

The attentive eye can discover Pug traits in at present’s Brussels Griffon by observing their head’s shape.

1880 was the year when they formally introduced the breed in a Brussels dog exhibition. They gave the breed the title of “The Exhibition’s Best Dog,” which made them popular in afterwards.

By the turning of the 1900s, this dog has achieved an extraordinary reputation in Belgium. And it became favorite in the circle of aristocracy, too. The AKC has registered the Brussels Griffon formally in 1910.

The first World War brought on a big reduction in the number of flocks. Nevertheless, following the conflict, the breed slowly approached their earlier popularity globally during decades. And it is still going on.

Just for one example, you may remember the “As Good As It Gets” (1997’s hit). Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt was the two main characters, and a Brussels Griffon (called Verdell) featured in it as well.



This is a powerful, stocky breed doggie. Their head is large and round, eyes are far apart. A black nose is short, set high, and equipped with wide nostrils.

The muzzle is broad, protruding, with slightly undershot jaws. The teeth are not visible when the mouth is closed. The neck has medium length. The chest is deep and wide. The back is short and straight.

The limbs are straight and parallel lines. The tail is generally shortened by two-thirds. This breed has a medium-length coat, which is thick and fuzzy. Coat color can be russet or reddish brown, without a mask.

Their shoulder height is between 9.5 – 11 inches (24 – 28 centimeters). Their weight could be around 6.6 – 11 pounds (3 – 5 kilograms).

Upkeep Requirements for the Breed

Possessing and caring for this Griffon means having fun with a clownish, lively and sociable toy dog. They are often cussed and extremely energetic so day by day train and mental stimulation are a requirement definitively.

This breed does not prefer to dwell on outdoors. Nevertheless, it enjoys the possibility to having fun exteriors under mild temperatures. You just provide a fenced-in yard where s/he will have chance to play and exercise enough.

Grooming the Brussels Griffon

Brussels Griffon grooming

Grooming necessities of the breed encompass a periodic brushing, maybe just twice weekly to get rid of lifeless hair. Of course, you need to bushing it daily if your Griffon is participating on a dog show.

NOTE: I’d recommend you to wash their cheek beard with lukewarm water after eating to prevent discoloration. Then you apply a cream on it to prevent the beard to become broken.

Furthermore, I advise you to bush the long hair formations on their heads regularly and thoroughly. The grooving hairs in the eye socket – that may irritate the eyeball – also must be removed. The nails should be kept short.

I heard on a dog show; the fur trim is advisable in 2 – 3 month of frequency. This is the manual extraction of dead hairs, but this doesn’t cause pain for the dog. Namely, the dead hairs reside in the hair follicle already very loosely.


The Brussels Griffon is a very curious doggie, so they are watching alert everything is happening around them. They are very nice and bond to their host and family quite strongly.

They prefer to be close to family members, sometimes they are at your heels in the whole house. Due to their affection for you, these canines endure difficultly if you leave them alone.

And… this is usually not needed, because their small size and high adaptability, you can take them anywhere. And this breed loves to move.

These dogs are agile and playful, if they detect anything unusual, indicating that with barking. They are entertaining and eager to learn tricks.

Behaving With Kids and Other Pets

They are extremely sociable animals, love to be around people and usually get along very well with the kids. With cats and other domestic animals, they behave trouble-free generally.

These canines continue their life with full confidence. And – in contrast to other too distrustful toy breeds – they are inclined to make friendship with another dog fairly easily.

Aggressiveness is totally alien to them. They indicate the arrival of strangers with barking, but do not do more than that.

Education and Moving Demand

Teaching these canines doesn’t cause problems in general. They are clever and love to please their owner always. However, they are sensitive to the tone of their owner’s voice.

Being mischievous isn’t alien from them sometimes, too. Some of them can be even an escape artist, due to their climbing passion. But, that will be ceased by proper physical and mental stimulation.

Their moving demand can be satisfied in the apartment or in the garden equally. But, they would like to go for walks with their owners as well. They are just as happy with a leash walk, or an unleashed romp in the woods.

Both you and your household is going to have blast keeping this Griffon. You get pleasure from a tiny, amusing and interactive canine, that makes a vigilant watchdog as well.

Health Aspects

The typical lifetime of this breed spreads from twelve to fifteen years. They are one of the healthiest type among the Toy Group class. According to our vet, no main health issues known related to them.

On uncommon circumstances cataract, CHD, distichiasis, patellar luxation, stichiasis and weak bladder may occur. In any case, he recommended that Brussels Griffon canines get undergo test for accidental eye and hip issues.

Until next time,

Alex Sparrow

How To Train Airedale Terrier A Perfect Way?

Mornin’ Airedale People!


The Airedale Terrier is a bright-eyed, quick-moving and ready-for-action-always type dog. I wrote about their relationship to children earlier. Now, we are dealing with their training. The intelligent eyes, keeping of ears and the erected-tail determine their outer look. S/he is an open, self-confident, self-respecting and friendly canine.

Of course, in order to act as a good citizen, s/he cannot do without proper training provided by a consistent hand because its considerable autonomy tendency.

By this, I mean that you should limit this dog’s will. And that is not easy, to put it mildly. Namely, to carry through its ideas s/he isn’t limited to putting on their – not minor – acting skills.

Why the Education Is Mandatory

As I wrote earlier, the Airedale Terrier breed requires active and enriched lives. Where their owners are unable to cater to their needs, there it becomes unmanageable, goes wild and turns into obstinate.

Therefore, it is common in such cases that s/he destroys the environment, and might pick up bad habits. Furthermore, this canine tends to get away where s/he sees an opportunity.

So, the Airedale is an ideal companion for people who have a lot of free time and want to spend it actively. That’s why it’s worth taking their training seriously, and carry out with agreement of your whole family.

Otherwise, it becomes a very inconvenient, annoying house-mate.

When We Start the Teaching

My experience dictates that we can begin the education already on the day the puppy arrived at our family. But, that only should happen in a playful way, because this isn’t the time of specific serious practices yet.

Rather we consolidate our relationship by the mutual playing, at the same time, strengthen his or her courage. The basic principle is that we only allowed to deal with our Airedale puppy if we are calm and in a good mood.

Nervous Specialties of Airedales

You would ask me “why the good mood is important”? Simple answer: because s/he will be in the similar mood, and thus learns faster. If you’re tense or angry when teaching the puppy, you must stop the sessions with him or her.

Because your Airedale Terrier doggie is unable to comprehend the reason of your upset state. Consequently, it could break a fear on him or her that almost paralyzed your pooch.

I note here, that any puppy’s nervous system is highly mouldable through education, whether positive or negative direction. With proper education, the shy little dog is trainable to be brave – and vice versa – the stubbornness reducible.

But, with only one reckless, violent punishment or bad experience might damage your puppy for life, even having a good nervous system. Which means that it has not become a decent working dog.

Educating Your Airedale Terrier

The early socialization of your Airedale puppy is important. That means familiarizing your pup with more and more, various people, animals, situations and sounds. We do this in order to behave confidently in different environments at its adult era.

During the teaching, it’s advisable to strive not to force the exercises until boredom. In fact, this kind of breed finds its delight in the variety and speed. Thus, you should remember this throughout the teaching.

Enlisting your Airedale Terrier in a puppy day-care session is a good start. To invite guests over frequently, and bringing it to busy shops, parks (which enable canines) are also worthy.

Such facilities, as well as convenient walks to encounter neighbors may also help your pooch to increase their social expertise.

Maintaining Their Attention

Due to its high intelligence, the Airedale Terrier puppy understands the task very quickly. Knowing that s/he very quickly understands the task, it’s good to practice only briefly with him/her until their interest is still ongoing.

So, before starting another practice, you should insert a short game between the two session. This means you play with your dog, enhancing their good mood and keep its enthusiasm further.

In the training, we should apply the positive reinforcement (praise, treats) continuously. Otherwise, our four-legged mate soon becomes listless and will ignore our commands.

The Momentum

This Terrier is a very family-loving and hard-to-bear the loneliness dog. We expect him to behave well-mannered, obedient, guard the house, love our children and the other members of the family.

Then, in return, you must have to provide the most important thing an Airedale is looking for; the experience of togetherness.

To do this it’s essential that our dog lives under the same roof with the family (its pack), which is natural for it. The Airedale Terrier has excluded from the home makes it more difficult to be obedient, due to the lack of bound and greater degree of independence.

All the best,

Alex Sparrow

Is The Airedale Terrier A Kid-Friendly Dog Breed?

Hello again, Airedale Fanciers!

airedale terrier and girl

Children and dogs – it is an idyllic and well-known pairing in films, novels and real life, too. Today we will discuss over how the Airedale Terrier relates to kids. (The breed’s health was on the agenda in the last part of the series.) Today’s topic is interesting in two respects.

Firstly, this pairing means cloudless happiness, play, laughter, security in under the protection of a four-legged guard. On the other hand, it means bloody bit little hands and faces through the sad statistics: the most common victims of dog bites are children.

However, here’s my duty to note that the statistic is general and includes each dog breed. Another crucial factor is that – in the majority of attack cases – the human irresponsibility or incompetence is the reason. Well, now what’s the truth:

Is the Airedale Terrier Kid-Friendly or Not?

There are many adults – myself am one of them – in whose children life a friendship with a dog played a decisive role. My friend, this is an experience that cannot be replaced with anything else.

And those who receive it, s/he would relate to the living world another way. For example, dealing with an Airedale teaches kids for responsibility and regularity, at the same time stimulate them to healthier lifestyles.

Airedale Terriers are nice with children and sufficiently well-built to deal with the heavy-handed hugs and pets. Furthermore, their overexposed attitude toward screaming, running children is making them child-friendly canine.

For all this, however, the adult’s supervision, help and positive attitude cannot be dispensed. Chances are you’ll be shocked by which breed shows similar traits. There is, for example the savage-looking Boxers are actually good with kids.

Or, taking another example, the American Staffordshire Terrier (also known as pit bull) belongs to here, too. However, at the same time, the small – and no doubt snappy – canines like Chihuahuas aren’t so children-friendly.

What Determines the Affection or Horror

This Terrier is specifically family-oriented and child-loving dog breed. And although towards strangers s/he behaves as if they were not there, the Airedale loves the family to which it belongs.

According to my experience, a social being, adult Airedale Terrier (which grown up with a healthy spirit) recognizes the “pup” in our kid. Consequently, this dog behaves tolerantly toward the little child, due to their gentle nature.

The attraction is mutual, but the larger / smaller kids are often over-confidence in toward a first seen dog. So, they don’t keep themselves to the rules of being accountancies, which may cause defensive reaction from the part of the animal.

And it’s not the dog’s fault. The canine’s aim in this case is not to damage our child. Its suddenly seize even couldn’t scratch another dog’s skin at all. But, the dog not knows that children’ reflexes are slower.

Moreover, s/he also doesn’t know that children’ thin skin isn’t protected by fur. That’s why you always should supervise the interaction between your child and your dog.

My Recommendation

In light of these, it’s understandable that majority of the parents are mistrustful of dogs. And, although a healthy distancing itself isn’t wrong, but it is important not to dissuade with the specter of the bite.

The Airedale Terrier has a sensitive spirit, which is also proved that if we treat him unfairly, prone to take it offense. This dog becomes an adult by roughly two years of age.

And although s/he is apparently serious – like an English gentleman – still very playful and a real clown. S/he is extremely docile and obedient, but you must catch him / her already at the beginning.

Similar to each breed, the Airedale requires early socialization – contact with various folks, experiences, sights in their youth. The socialization helps be certain that your Airedale pooch becomes properly-rounded canine.

That’s because like all dogs, s/he also will test your hands, wondering how far it can go. With early socialization, this breed can be kept easily together with all types of dogs and other household pets.

Nevertheless, you have to take into account their violent nature, and in relationship with the other animals s/he is usually the dominant entity.

In short, I don’t hesitate to recommend the Airedale Terrier, especially for an owner who is receptive to their sensitivity. And this breed is one of the best choices for living with kids.

Continued next time with training your Airedale,

Alex Sparrow

Airedale Terrier – Possible Health Issues Plus Care

Greetings Folks!

Airedale_terrier_(wystawa)We arrived to the four section of our Airedale Terrier review. The upkeep requirement of the breed was the topic at our last meet. The subject of today’s conversation – possible health concerns and care – is closely related to that. Namely, the proper feeding and exercising are contributing significantly to a healthy life – as in humans, just as in dogs.

Airedale’s Health in Youth

The Airedale Terrier is free from inherited diseases, medium to large sized, fast-growing dog. In case of the similar, large and fast-growing, movement-demanding breed, it’s a priority to prevent joints from overloading.

Therefore, their weight must be kept at an optimal level. Plus you should ensure the motion quantities suitable to their age and physique. This means that before their one-year age, it should get that move quantity as it requires on their own only.

Recommended Movement Types in Youth

At this time, it’s advisable to avoid the run, obstacle jumping, hiking. The most ideal exercise for them is the wrestling with other dogs, playing tag and swimming. These moving strengthen the muscles without overloading on their joints.

Additionally, I recommend you to avoid long-term (1.5 – 2 miles long) monotonous run in their adulthood as well. In fact, the constitutional structure of this Terrier makes it most suitable for rather short, fast gallop and leap.

Health Concerns of the Airedale Terrier

Primarily, the average length of living time for a healthy Airedale is spread from 10 to 14 years.This terrier is a very strong constitution, tough dog and shows hardly any reaction to pain.

In particular, it is important to monitor their behavior constantly. That’s because – in most cases – only very small signals noticeable when they are sick.

The Airedale is prone to hip dislocation as well as allergies, thyroid- and cardiovascular diseases. However, most of the problems are arising from unbalanced diet, as our vet said.

The stomachs of these terriers are particularly sensitive; it’s prone to flatulence. To avoid flatulence, and stomach’s fatal turning, you should include some rest between eating and walking.

This rest is so important because Airedales have a big appetite. For example, it’s able to clean up a full package of five kg dog food in no time. As you know, it’s much better to prevent the trouble than to treat it.

Grooming Your Airedale


The coat care is part of the protection of health as well. The Airedale Terrier is a wire-haired dog, doesn’t molt. The coat consists of two layers, the softer undercoat and coarse guard hairs.

The dead hair doesn’t fall out of their skin; it must be removed by brushing and trimming. It follows from this that their hair requires constant care. To avoid lumps, and grinding together it’s recommended to brush or comb it thoroughly 2 – 3 times weekly.

Furthermore, I recommend you to get rid of the surplus and dead hairs quarterly. This action – if you carried out carefully – could give a distinctive appearance to your favorite.

WARNING! Cutting down the hair is counterproductive, since in doing so the root of dead hair remains inside the skin. Consequently, it may cause irritation, which ultimately leads to eczema.

Due to their double-layered coat, these canines are able to live outdoor during even cold months.


The tartar deposited on teeth of your dog can lead to serious health problems. Focus on proper dental care, because – when neglected – a dental illness will get a chance of implementation!

You can ensure your dogs’ mouth health very many ways. Brush their teeth regularly with a toothpaste made for dogs. At the same time, well, talk to your veterinarians, namely they use to recommend professional cleaning, in certain period of time.


The regular ear cleaning of your Airedale Terrier is a basic requirement. That’s also important because the pendulous, furry ears may get stuffy easily. This way, the different infections might find their chance to develop.

Continued with training your Airedale next time,

Alex Sparrow

How to Keep Your Airedale Terrier Wholesome?

Hi Airedale Folks!


This is the third part of the Airedale Terrier review, about the upkeep requirements and health conditions. (You may read about their appearance and temperament attributes in the previous section.) Surely, you – as a good dog owner – want to keep your dog in wholesome condition lifelong. And you want to have your Airedale being happy. If you follow these guidelines, your animal can succeed to keep on the path of prosperity.

Upkeep Requirements of Your Airedale Terrier

When it comes to sustaining your dog in your household, two aspects are primary: the right dog nutrition and the sufficient exercises.

Proper Nutrition

As it’s customary in humans, the appropriate nutrition is an essential element in your dog’s health, too. It’s feeding directly affects their energy levels, hair and skin status, weight as well as stomach functions.

Any problem related to the above elements can be attributable to an improper nutrition. Thus, my basic principle is to choose a dog food from a reputable company, containing high-quality ingredients only.

No question, the homemade diet also can provide excellent nutritional value for your Airedale Terrier. My suggestion would be that after you decided on which dog food is right to your canine, nourish him or her consistently.

For example, I use to observe my dogs how they react to the food in a period of 4-8 weeks. Their coat should be shiny and knot-free, but not greasy. At the same time, it’s good if they have high energy levels.

Please, let me to draw your attention to my article about the guidelines of proper dog nutrition.

Observing Their Weight

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Your next task is keeping your eye on your Airedale’s weight. Namely, any drastically increase or decrease in weight could raise a concern.

The dogs’ obesity is a relatively common problem. But, by applying proper diet – supplemented with a lot of movements – you can often reverse the formed state.

Vice versa, if your dog begins to lose weight, it may happen that the food doesn’t taste to him or her. If it happens, it needs to change. This, however, should be done gradually. A sudden change in the diet may to intestinal problems occurred.

Your Airedale Needs Sufficient Exercising

My Friend, your Airedale Terrier cannot do without an ample exercise. If s/he doesn’t receive that they have an inclination of becoming bored easily. Consequently, they may be fairly destructive letting them alone inside.

Excess Energy

According to my experience, people often tend to underestimate the relationship between the health and movement. They diagnose the emerging problem from this as a separation anxiety or other behavioral issue.

My friend, these conditions are real, but they are often caused by excess energy. If your dog is eating healthily, s/he should have plenty of energy. If it cannot deduce the surplus energy elsewhere, then it will do that on your carpet, furniture and such.

Lengthy walks or energetic games will provide loads of stimulation and fulfill the needs of your grownup animal. S/he requires at least 1 – 2-hour daily move. Of course, your Airedale’s age, size and health state impacts this period.

Please, take a little time to create a routine for your dog. Nowadays, more and more dogs are living in suburban or urban settings. But, they also need a diversity and the right amount of movement.

Sporting Exercises

Airedales are excellent sport dogs for agility, security-guarding, dog-dancing, fly-ball, fetch, obedience exercises. They are suitable to investigate as well as – due to their prominent emotional intelligence – therapeutic purposes.

A variety of fun sports make it up such as the dog dancing, or teaching them skills tricks. You can start this education already in the puppy-hood of your Airedale Terrier, because it will involve no physical exertion, but requires a lot of brain work.

Continued with Health and Care next time,

Alex Sparrow

Airedale Terrier Appearance & Temperament Attributes

Mornin’ Airedale Fans!

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We arrived to the second part of the review of Airedale Terrier today. The last time we dealt with the origin of this dog, breeding grounds for, name variations as well as using them in the First World War. Today we discuss over this canine’s appearance and will talk about the qualities of character as well.

Appearance of the Airedales

To begin with, these terriers are very energetic and determined. It comes from this that they have an intelligent and suspenseful look.

This dog breed compared to other terriers is more bodied and robust but structured very harmoniously. If you look at it, you see a stylish appeared, agile and athletic dog before you.

The body structure of the Airedale Terrier also serves its efficient working ability. Their simple – rectangle can be drawn – muscular, compact body is free from all extremes. Their limbs also are strong.

S/he ought to keep its head and ears in alert and held its tail in high position, have interest and curiosity. Furthermore, they should have a stylish and intelligent regular quality and majestic look.

Coat and Color

His or her body is covered with two layers of hair. The undercoat is soft and fluffy, and the top coat is strong, very dense and slightly wavy.

This type of terrier is not molted, so you can keep it in the apartment problem-free. However, as one of the owners said me at a dog show, you should care for their hair regularly to spare yourself from cleaning everyday.

The Airedale Terriers are occurring in several color versions. In the major instances, they have black fur, head, leg and abdomen while mixed with some brown.

According to the standards of the American dog breeding clubs, it’s normal to cut back the tail of puppies in five days after the birth. Nevertheless, this is a cruelty matter in their native country.

His or her movement is quick and easy; the whole dog exudes alertness, confidence, harmony and cheerfulness.


As for their height, the male dogs reach a height up to 23,5 inches (61 centimeters). The females are slightly lighter. They weigh an average rate varying between 56 and 76 pounds (22 – 30 kilograms).

Temperament of the Airedale Terrier

The Airedales’ temperament is mixed the gentle disposition of hounds with the terrier attributes. They are proved as the most versatile terrier canine. This breed is adventurous, quite brave, and having a great deal of affection to play.

It’s extremely smart and just a little obstinate, consequently, teaching it occasionally could be time-consuming. Apart from that, I found that with the proper amount of training time, they become obedient, loyal, and ideal watchdog.

Furthermore, as long as this breed receives sufficient psychological and bodily stimulation, they could make excellent household pets.

Hunting- and Watchdog

The Airedales have fierce temperament, they are tough, persevering to the end of the battle. They do not know the fear at all. Being a not-so-old breed, the species preserved their original talents so far.

This is nothing more common than the typical hunt for puma in Canada. I talked hunters and accordingly; people use these dogs to hunt wild boar in Hungary as well as to catch a bear in Romania.

The Airedales are stubborn dogs, namely they bred them to hunt independently from their owner. Due to this instinct, they often tend to go after their own heads. However, they are a very good observer, and can work fine in a team as well.

They are not aggressive, but do not hang around when an unauthorized intruder approaching their sovereignty. Due to the huge breaking-teeth, the bite of Airedale Terrier is strong and can cause serious injury.

Continued with keeping and health aspects next time,

Alex Sparrow

Airedale Terrier – Developing History and Reputation

Hello Dog Lovers!

Airedale terrier dogBy hearing the word ‘terrier’, usually a small, hot-blooded, feisty dog is that comes to mind. However, the Airedale Terrier stands out from this line, being a head taller. Perhaps this is the reason the name “King of Terriers” stuck on it. Based on the capabilities of this terrier, it’s a highly versatile working dog.

This versatility doesn’t come at the expense of each sub-skills. So, the Airedale isn’t a type of a bit savvy to everything. On the contrary, s/he provides outstanding performance on every task assigned to them. This capability makes the breed so special and worthy to know closely.

Origin of the Airedale Terrier

Geographically, there is a valley (dale) in Yorkshire, England, between rivers of Aire and Wharfe, named Airedale. The needs of people living within the Aire valley determined the evolution of the breed in the middle of 19th century.

So, it was a versatile usability primary claim against this animal. The intention was to develop a dog which had increased water hunting abilities in addition to a deeper sense of tracking.

In order to meet the different needs, people included various breeds for shaping the breed. Those were the Otterhound, Bull terrier, Old English terrier and probably also the Gordon Setter.

The outcome was a pointy looking canine that turned masterly otter hunter. The duties assigned to him were very diverse: land and sea hunting, both big game and birds. Additionally, they used it for cattle and sheep herding, house guarding and vermin control.


1864 was the year when people held a dog show championship from scratch, sponsored via Airedale Agricultural Society. These dogs were categorized beneath completely different names; Bingley, Rough Coated and Waterside Terrier.

Later, this breed gained the Airedale Terrier name by Dr. Gordon Stadles in 1878. However, the stock began to show an increasingly standardized image. And the breed gained registered status under this name in Great Britain in 1886.

Terrier lovers commenced to show these canines in ringside competitions as well. To adding to the considerable beauty looking of the Airedale version, people crossed it with the Irish Terrier, too.

Via the early 1900s, “Master Briar” was the properly recognized – and champion – Terrier. Consequently, people acknowledged this dog as the father of the Airedale Terriers known today.


Dogs produced by “Master Briar” extremely influenced this breed within the USA. These canines gained good reputation as robust hunters, excels themselves at hunting huge preys.

According to the stories spreading about their bravery, Airedales accounted to acquire Panthers they followed into caves. In the meantime, a dozen hounds – helpers in hunting – waited outside.

Furthermore, Airedales captured 500-pound bears on their own.

Airedales at War

Soldiers used the versatility of Airedale during the first World War as well. These canines served as ambulance dogs, carried meals plus ammunition. They were applied as messengers, rattlers, sentries, scouts, Red Cross casualty helpers, sled dogs and guard animals.

Of course, there are many stories of Airedales delivering their messages regardless of horrible wound. For instance, one Airedale dog named Jack, gained the posthumous Victoria Cross for “Gallantry in the Field” for salving a battalion.

Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt, Warren Harding, and Calvin Coolidge – US Presidents – had Airedales? Furthermore, John Wayne the Hollywood film-star also owned this breed.

Nevertheless, following the first World War, the stock of Airedale Terrier declined. At present they represent a not-so-frequent breed to encounter. However, their excellent repute stays on the same level.

Continued with Appearance and Temperament next time,

Alex Sparrow