Is The Airedale Terrier A Kid-Friendly Dog Breed?

Hello again, Airedale Fanciers!

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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

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow is a nature enthusiastic for more than six decades. He was writing nearly 400 articles, reports so far about how to live with your dogs harmoniously.
Alex Sparrow