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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

Airedale terrier dog

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

The Wire haired Fox Terrier Dog 2

Hi again!

Wire-haired Fox TerrierAt the last occasion, we dealt with the origin, breeding history and appearance of the Wire-haired Fox Terrier here. Today you can read the sequel about their Behavior, Coat Care, Keeping Conditions and Health Considerations. Let’s go!

Temperament of the Breed

This Fox Terrier is small but curious, lively, alert and a good signal dog. He is a typical representative of the Terriers, with their characteristic of obstinacy, too. This pooch requires not only long walks, but he expects you to dampen its motion need with lots of games.

If you bring this kind of dog into your household, be ready to spend a lot of time throwing the ball for the next 15 years. Although this animal is small, but along with that, he needs consistent education from its puppy age. Unless it is your intention to leave him to get too big for yours boots.

However, the unnecessary harshness and stringency only make him more stubborn. So instead, apply a loving but consistent upbringing. These dogs are smart and easily trained, but shouldn’t be left to rule over us.

If you get him from the litter directly, don’t be fooled by its cuteness. It will do for you everything until he reaches its maturity. But, if he sets about puberty, he can become a bit ‘crazy’. Only the right motivation and sincere praise will help him to be a pleasant family member.

Coat Care for Wire-haired Fox Terrier

The Smooth-haired and Wire-haired Terriers are easy to cultivate and keep clean. However, the care of wiry-coated requires a little more time from you. First, I recommend you to comb and brush it regularly to prevent it become matted. Pay attention to the hair of the beard and axillary as well.

MY TIP: do not pull the possible knots, doing so you may cause pain to your doggie, rather extricate those lumps gently. Then, use a rare-toothed wire brush, preferably one, which has a small plastic “cap” on the end of the metal fibers. Doing so, you cannot violate the skin of your canine.

After that I used to apply a rare-toothed metal comb if necessary. I always avoided using a comb with plastic handle. Namely, it may be charged with static electricity throughout combing. And that charges may cause inconveniences to your animal.

You also need to be careful – especially in winter – not remove too much undercoat. You can carry out the final touches with a bristle brush. Additionally, you need to inspect the paws regularly to take away matted fur. It’s worth using a rounded-end scissors to cut hair between the toes.

Keeping Conditions

When it comes temperature tolerating ability, the Wire-haired Fox Terrier can endure both the cold and hot, but don’t like the excesses. This makes the proper pet to allow entry to a secure fenced-in yard throughout the day, with many toys.

The Fox Terrier – due to its size and coat – can be kept in apartment nicely. They prefer to come inside at night time to sleep indoors besides your family.

WARNING! Along with many other like-furred terriers, the wiry Fox Terrier doesn’t molt. At the end of the growth period the dead hair doesn’t fall out by itself, but the new hair pushes the old one out slowly. For this reason, the wire-haired fox terrier should be regularly trimmed at least twice a year.

The trimming (get out the dead hair) shouldn’t be confused or even replace by the shearing. These dead hairs reside only very loosely in the hair follicle. And they haven’t a connection with the dog’s nervous system.

Thus removing dead hair by hand doesn’t cause pain to your canine. After shearing the hair will be just short but the dead hairs still remain in the coat. That is irritating the dog to do constant scratching, and even parasites may settle in that easier.

Health Aspects

The common lifetime of the wiry Fox Terrier is varied from 10 to 15 years. There is not any main well being issue that runs frequent this breed. Trivial wholesome questions embrace cataracts, distichiasis, leg-Perthes and lens luxation.

Hardly ever seen is deafness and knee-pan sprain. Veterinarians recommend that Wire-haired Fox Terrier get particularly examined for problems through their eyes.
One more characteristic; the wiry Fox Terrier is good for people suffer by allergy, because s/he shed its hair in very limited extent.

My Example

I have to mention my Wire-haired Fox Terrier, Tick-Tock at this point. I remember how many times he could make holes under our fence to roam in heat periods of females. In the end, the official people were amused by his amorous adventures. I was nervous about getting Tick-Tock back, not to mention phones and money I spent on such occasions.

Basically, we are talking about a terrier, which are hard, stubborn dogs by nature, also due to their hunting instinct. However, in the hands of the right person, they can be great dogs. But you should give a good amount of time to socialize them.

Once I got into a trouble as we walked unleashed. He overestimated himself and tried to beat a GSD. The bigger dog didn’t take him seriously because that animal thought it was only a game. Tick-Tock thought otherwise and tried to bit the German Shepherd dog. We separated them and that was the last occasion of unleashed stroll for a long time.

Ergo, the Wire-haired Fox Terrier is a dog that may cause discomfort. Thus, to hold him, it requires a lot of occupations and diversity. His owner will never get bored; every day is a new challenge. But, in return, you get a nice, fun companion who will always make laugh its two-legged pack leader.

All the best,

Alex Sparrow

Apartment Dogs – You Required to Live In Smells?

Hello Dog Peeps!

apartment-dogsI don’t know about you, but I often hear that the apartment dogs make their home stinky. I have experienced this also when visited some dog owners’ home. However, it shouldn’t be that way, because it’s only up to us to live in such a frequent dog-smelling home. Namely, we are able to maintain our apartment hygienically by complying with a few simple rules.

Dogs (Do Not) Stinks

You may remember my former article dealing with get rid dog smells. The essence of the article is that the unpleasant odor is unknown with dogs kept healthy and hygienically.

A healthy canine doesn’t let go unpleasant smells in the air of your home – either from the front or from behind. What is more, if their fur is maintained properly, then the dogs’ center also will not stink.

Achieving a non-smelling status isn’t so difficult as you may think. Let’s see some examples…

Treating Home Accidents and Their Consequences

In addition to the prompt action, I use to do the followings. If we are at home when our dog peed, pooped or vomited, then we clean up promptly. This is because each wasted minute increases the amount of hard avoidable smells.

We pick up the “rough” pieces with a paper towel and quickly bagging it before it is discarded. Then we have blown a stronger cleaner with lightning speed onto the tiled floor or plastic surfaces.

This could be a commercially available enzyme spray that specifically produced for clean up and odor neutralization. But, if this isn’t available, the window cleaning and other general cleaning can be handy, too.

Act Quickly

The point is, if possible, we should spray the surface before the stain is dried. After that we have time to clear away the ‘accident’ thoroughly.

Always worth to clean at least two rounds; in the first session, we remove all visible dirt. Next, we clean up with clear devices in the second section. Afterwards, we chase away the last odor molecule by applying a further dose of detergent.

You will achieve not only an instantaneous hygiene this way. But you minimize the further risk of pee / poop in the case of having a puppy. Namely, there is no odor trace left as a trigger stimulus in the home.

In case of upholsterers, the principle is the same. Consequently, having apartment dogs, it is definitely advisable to refuel reliable carpet cleaning.

Lying, Weltering, Caviling

You save yourselves some time and energy by supervising your dog’s movement in your flat. If you are setting certain limits, he or she will know what s/he can do or can’t. This way, you don’t let him / her to go rampage on all your furniture.

Otherwise, your favorite will expropriate the whole apartment, including all your furniture / furnishing.
Never mind if it is a blanket or towel. It’s not difficult to make understand all dogs were and when is free to lie.

Please, keep in mind that the more washable fabric covers you’re using, is the better. Unless you are a firmly convinced dog owner who prohibits lying on the furniture.

The Place of Apartment Dogs

I know from experience that majority of dogs stick to their usual place. Of course, they carry a lot of dirt to there. It’s up to you that you buy a bed that’s easy to clean or make one by yourself.

Millions of alternatives exist to choose from. But, it may happen that your dog does not like neither the basket nor the pillows. However, this case also is not hopeless.

You can buy him / her a penny rug – those are easy to clean and not very valuable. In other words, you may discard them easily if they have been difficult to keep clean.


The situation is that the dog smell can be felt in any home, if the owners do not clean the flat regularly and thoroughly. To make so, pull away the furniture from the wall and vacuum hidden corners.

Namely, the dust and dog hairballs settle down there. And these “hidden agents” are responsible for dust and dog smell in your apartment in the first place.

Of course, there can be fewer sensitive surfaces in your flat. To clean them, you may use the good old chlorine scrubbing agent. Applying that you gain a further advantage; you prevent the bacteria progeny.

Clean-up Thoroughly

Living together with apartment dogs it is advisable to commission an expert to clean the carpets and upholstery once / twice yearly. Naturally, you also can do that if you have the proper machine. Nothing can replace a deep washing and chemical carpet cleaning. Sometimes it’s worth a little extra money to spend, then it’s much easier to keep the level.

Until next time,

Alex Sparrow

Want Entertaining Pet? Choose an Affenpinscher!

Hello again!

Affenpinscher dogWe dealt with the origin of the Affenpinscher in the previous section. Continuing the line, now their appearance and personality will be the subject matter today. The members of this breed are unfairly rare dogs. Few breeders deal with the breed, although their nature and appearance make these dogs ideal home pet. But, let’s see their external look firstly.

Appearance of the Affenpinscher

This dog is unquestionably a smaller type of the working terriers, and isn’t a fragile animal. Fairly the opposite, this doggie is a lively creature. For example, it is prompt enough to capture rats or mice.

The species of the breed are squarely built, durable plus closely and neatly packed together dogs. They possess medium bone. The Affenpinscher has a somewhat monkey-like facial look; equipped with lengthy eyebrows and beard.

All these properties lend the Affen a funny facial expression of seriousness. S/he is a small canine, only max 11,8 inch (30 centimeters) tall, weighing up to around 11 pounds (six kilograms).

Coat and Colors

As for their coat, a neat, however, unkempt, approximately one inch long fur covers their body. I contrast, it is longer on their head, chest, neck, abdomen and legs.

They wear a high set tail and keep it softly curved up during movements. Of course, you may find places around the world where the tail is docked circa 1” to 2” length.

The color of their coat appears in black, grey, red, silver as well as black and tan, possibly beige. The black species could have a rusty cast hair or a couple of white or silver furs blended with black.

Anyway, the red variations differ from a brownish red up to an orange tan.

Character of the Affenpinscher

The breed is certainly a favorite among families that love to have an entertaining pet that can make everyone laugh. But don’t get the idea that the Affie is only good for smiles – they are also excellent watchdogs!

The Affen feels and shows tenderness readily. S/he is on the alert mood pretty much always. This doggie is loyal to his household and ready to defend the members from a nuisance.

That’s why it’s vital to forestall it from confront with other canines. S/he may initiate dispute easily with even a ten times bigger dog. S/he’s irritable and might require some time to be tranquillized dealing with something s/he interprets as a menace.

My Friend, remember please that s/he is a Terrier inside: being bold, busy, nosey, fearless and obstinate. However, the Affenpinscher can be mischievous and cheerful, too.

In contrast to the majority of terriers, s/he can interact pretty well with other household pets. These doggies are usually quiet. Nevertheless, they might get intensively excited when feels threatened or attacked.

Moreover s/he is intrepid towards any intruders.


Socialization Is Necessary

Similarly to other dogs, the early socialization of the Affenpinscher greatly facilitates its integration within the world around. I mean by this to ensuring occasions to meet various experiences (individuals, sights and sounds) in their youth.

Result of the socialization is: your Affen pup will become a pleasant, properly mannered, outgoing canine in the future. To take him or her into a puppy kindergarten class is a superb solution at beginning.

Besides, I use to invite guests over often, plus take the puppy to shops that enable dogs. Visiting busy parks, and taking walks to face neighbors will even help the puppy to refine its social proficiency.

Affie and Your Children

These dogs dislike aggressive handling similar to hitting, undesirable hugging or squeezing. They also don’t like chasing to catch them, as well as cornering them to keep inside a lap.

If s/he cannot escape, this canine is going to defend itself by growling or biting. For such reasons, I recommend them less as a pet for families having little children.

My Suggestion

Namely – according to my experiences – little ones typically don’t realize that a charming small Affen won’t enjoy “kisses and love.”

Best choice is when your children sit on the ground playing with the Affenpinscher on the same level. You should supervise the interaction and the canine’s body language. Then place the doggie safely into its crate if s/he feels uncomfortable with your child.

Continued next time with upkeep and care things,

Alex Sparrow

How Affenpinscher Evolved Being Today’s Rare Breed?

Hello Dog Lovers!

affenpinscher dogWhen it comes to rare dog breeds, the Affenpinscher fits there. That’s, despite even their name itself is interesting because means “monkey.” And s/he lives up to that appellation definitely. Namely, it enjoys behaving in a silly or playful way – to say the least. Having fun and clowning is a part of their bold and unbiased character. But, more about that later, now let’s see; where is the origin of this breed?

History of the Affenpinscher

The cradle of the breed rocked in Germany, undoubtedly. And people used these dogs – because of their rat-catching talents – throughout Middle Europe. These terrier-kind canines have been welcome workers in farms, homes, shops and stalls equally.

Though we are aware that the original country is Germany, the precise provenances remained unclear. Despite, the ancestor of Affenpinscher’s date backs no less than to the 1600s.

However, it must be recognized that trustworthy documentation of the breed is findable from the late nineteenth century only. This is a contradiction- you may think. But, it is not quite.

Namely, contemporary Dutch painters were depicted bearded, rough-coated, little canines in the fifteenth century. The displayed dogs show enough similarity to the breed, so these might definitely be among the Affenpinscher’s forebears.

Miniaturizing and Crossing

As usual, a number of the clever, wiry-haired canines should have caught the attention of contemporary women. Consequently, breeders tried to develop them becoming smaller to meet the increased need of pets.

Some sources mention a breeder lived in Lubeck, Germany as the starter of miniaturizing these ratters. Yet, as with countless breeds, the exact way in which the Affenpinscher was born lost in the mists of history.

They could have been mixed with smooth-haired type German Pinscher, German Silky Pinscher and Pugs. Furthermore, these-type canines were contributors to develop other dog breeds.

Let’s just mention two from them: Brussels Griffon plus Miniature Schnauzer. By comparing their rough hairs and bearded faces you can discover their relationship without difficulty.

Assembling Breed Standard

Although the improvement home of the early Affenpinscher was Munich in Bavaria, however, the breed was well-liked anywhere else in Germany, too. For example, the Berlin Lapdog Club started to elaborate a standard for the breed in 1902.

However, it was a slow process, so they didn’t finalize that until 1913. They translated it to English and – as time passed – the American Kennel Club adopted that. 1936 was the year when they formally entered the Affenpinscher into the Stud Book of AKC.


Bessie Mally of Cicero, Illinois, was the importer and owner of Nollie v. Anwander, the primary Affen the AKC recorded. But, as happened with other types, the WW2 halted the breeding of these dogs within the States for a while.

The nineteen fifties were the next period when the curiosity about the breed revived again. And it continues to be uncommon at present, despite s/he obtained a certain amount of celebrity in 2002.

It happened that Super Nova (owned by Ch Yarrow) acquired first place of Toy Group on the Westminster Kennel Club Show in that year. The Affenpinscher positioned 125th in breeds’ hierarchy, and the AKC acknowledged the varieties.

Continued next time,

Alex Sparrow

Facing Dogs and Cyclists Should Lead to Attack?

Hello again!

when dogs and cyclists encounterA healthy lifestyle includes movements and exercise in the open air. Some are walking with their dogs; others are jogging or running and there are those who biking. It’s inevitable sometimes that dogs and cyclists are encountering during their activity. And, familiarizing you with new area by biking might be risky once you cross into a canine territory. So, it is not useless to be prepare for such encounters to prevent any problems.

When Dogs and Cyclists Encounter

Similarly to other living beings, dogs indicate their very own area. And they don’t greet prettily cyclists, joggers, motorists or any additional trespassers. Remember that 98-99 percent of the registered dog bites occur inside the dog’s territories.

When you step into a canine’s private zone, be conditioned for the animal to get into the assault manner. A considerate human may perceive warning signs like livid barking and may prevent problems by leaving the scene instantly.

If you don’t, then you expose yourself to a potential dog attack. This entails biting in your heels and an effort to take you down. Rest assured, a dog assault can throw you off stability, and can result in severe wounds.

Therefore, understanding how to handle dog attacks is a crucial measure to ensure peace in your cycling. I don’t recommend kids – or cyclists having little knowledge with canines – trip the place dog attacks may happen.

Attack Signals

Dogs are often inclined to assault cyclists from the rear direction. But, don’t assume all canines aspire their preys savagely. You can ascertain if the animal has critical will to bite you by observing the dog’s gait.

In addition to the previous barking, if s/he feels threatened; the canine will chase more outrace than usual. Their tail levels downward, ears are erected and mouth opened.

Ways You Can Apply

* Once you notice the dog comes near to you from any course, remember to guard your bicycle’s front wheel. If the animal abruptly makes a frontal attack, it could trigger a collision plus your fall.
The wise decision is to go to the farthest side of the road as well as to ride away without hesitation.

* Another possibility is when you yell load-throated to cope with the offended dog. This sound can temporarily shock the canine and makes it to vacillate. If it’s work, use the additional seconds and leave the scene as quickly as you can.

Nevertheless, at facing dogs and cyclists, if s/he remains in assault mode, lift your fist associated with an angry shout. Majority of dogs are scared of human violence will not chase after a person who poses an evident menace.

* I’d recommend you to understand that you probably can’t outrun a dog always (unless you’re Usain Bolt). For instance, cloggy roads or steep tracks could cause cyclists to make a very sluggish getaway.

No panic, my Friend, a can of dog spray is your savior. That spray will tweak the dog’s eyes and nose, so shut off the canine momentarily on a harmless way.

* If the above ways are ineffective, you should call help. If the dog in question is resolute in its assault, defend yourself and put your bicycle between you and the dog. Be careful and don’t attempt to kick the animal, as this may increasingly cause you to lose your stability.

If you’re assaulted or bitten, then look after medical help instantly. And report the case to the authorities and present a complaint contrary to the dog owner. The canine might want to be put into quarantine to confirming whether it is rabid or not.

Background of Dog Attacks

Don’t plug our heads in the sand but say: the human carelessness is behind attacks always. Main reasons are: people keep their dog improperly, or deal with it aggressively, or simply throw out the animal.

No wonder if the frightened, hungry canine simply runs wild. Due to this fact, the only way you can sustain a dog if you look after it responsible manner.

That way allows you to keep away from to turn against you or towards other individuals or animals. Furthermore, I advise you to take your canine to dog school in order to learn the correct social behavior.

Bottom Line

Unfortunately, a dog attack may happen with anyone, so you should be aware of what to do in such a case. It is important to teach these for your kids or elderly, too, as they are at the greatest risk.

Pay attention to avoid mixing dogs and cyclists. Prepare yourself to get the ability to react in the event you face a territorial dog during riding.

Until next time,

Alex Sparrow