- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: moderate
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-15 years
- Prey Drive: high
- Watchdog: very alert
- Registered?: other
Airedoodle Breed Profile
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The Airedoodle is a designer mixed dog breed that is a cross between an Airedale Terrier and a Standard Poodle. The Airedoodle is meant to inherit the best characteristics of both the parent breeds, but they could have any combination of characteristics from either or both of the parent breeds. Airedoodles tend to be friendly, intelligent, loyal, and energetic dogs with a big personality. Because the Airedoodle is a mixed dog breed, they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club. However, they are recognized by other organizations like the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, and more.
With any mixed dog breed, the puppies can inherit any combination of traits from the parent breeds. Airedoodles tend to be intelligent, friendly, and filled with personality. They tend to get along well with children as well as other dogs and sometimes other pets. They can have a stubborn streak and may have a high prey drive, but early socialization and training can help curb these tendencies. Overall, Airedoodles tend to make excellent family pets and watchdogs.
Airedoodles are larger sized dogs with a high energy level, which makes them a moderately adaptable dog breed. Because of this, they are best suited to larger homes with fenced-in yards where they can run. They generally aren’t a good fit for apartment living, but they can adapt as long as they are given plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and attention.
They do well in most climates, but, as with many dog breeds, are sensitive to extreme heat or cold. Although they can have an independent streak if they take more after their Airedale Terrier parent, they still thrive on being with their families. They are also highly intelligent and can be easily bored, so they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Although mixed dog breeds can sometimes “win the genetic lottery” and inherit no potential health conditions from their parent breeds, they can also inherit the conditions prevalent in one or both of the parent breeds. For the Airedoodle, potential health conditions can include skin issues, hip dysplasia, and bloat. Talking to the breeder about the genetic history of the parents and asking to see any health clearances can help allay potential health concerns.
Both of the Airedoodle parent breeds are highly intelligent. This means they tend to pick up on training quickly. If an Airedoodle takes after its Poodle parent, they will be highly trainable and a good fit for owners of any experience level, including first-time dog owners.
If an Airedoodle takes after its Airedale Terrier parent, they can have a stubborn streak that may be an obstacle for first-time dog owners. Puppy training and obedience classes are recommended for novice dog owners to ensure training is effective and consistent. It’s also important to keep training positive and focused on praise and rewards.
The Airedoodle is likely to have a low-shedding coat as both of its parent breeds have low-shedding coats. Weekly brushing and professional grooming every 2-3 months is recommended to care for this dog’s coat. In addition to coat care, you will also need to care for your Airedoodle’s nails, ears, and teeth. Professional grooming can help you take care of some of this, but you will need to take care of these grooming tasks as needed between professional grooming sessions.
Nails that are too long can make movement painful, are more likely to split and crack, and increase the risk of getting caught on things. Generally, monthly nail trimming is sufficient to keep your dog’s nails from getting too long. If your dog’s nails are not wearing down enough naturally between monthly nail trimmings, then you may need to trim or file them more often.
It’s also important to regularly check and carefully clean your dog’s ears to help prevent ear infections. Too much wax buildup, moisture, dirt, or debris in your dog’s ears can cause damage and potentially infection. By checking your dog’s ears to ensure they are dry, clean, and free of debris, you can help keep them clean and also identify potential issues early in case something is going on.
Dental care for dogs is another essential grooming task. Unfortunately, it is also often overlooked, which is why dental disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. Just as you need to brush your teeth every day, the same is true for your dog. Using an enzyme toothpaste or brushing your dog’s teeth with a toothpaste formulated for dogs every day is ideal. This helps prevent the tartar buildup that leads to dental disease like gum disease, tooth decay, or tooth loss. You can also talk to your vet about ways to supplement your dental care efforts, such as using dental hygiene chews or feeding your dog a specially-formulated “dental care diet”.
Both of the Airedoodle’s parent breeds are high-energy dogs, so you should expect your Airedoodle to require a lot of activity as well. Daily walks plus some time to run and play are usually sufficient for this dog. They’re also happy to be able to be active while spending time with you, so they may enjoy taking trips to the dog park, hiking with you, swimming with you, or even training to compete in dog sports.
A fully-grown Airedoodle usually stands 22-26 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 40-60 pounds.
An Airedoodle generally lives 10-15 years.
This hybrid dog breed is most commonly called an Airedoodle, but it is sometimes also referred to as an Airedalepoo.