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Airedale Terrier / German Shepherd Dog Mix

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Other name(s): Airedale Shepherd

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes. 

The first generation Airedale Shepherd is a cross between a pure Airedale Terrier and a pure German Shepherd Dog, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. While this animal can certainly make a fine watchdog, be a confident owner who knows how to train and socialize large breeds.

Appearance / health:
While all mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, the Airedale Shepherd is almost guaranteed to be a large, powerful dog. Some look a bit like leggy terriers with GSD coloring.

Behavior / temperament:
It's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog. If you need a service animal for a specific purpose, you may want to choose a purebreed instead. That said, owners report that Airedale Shepherds can make fine watchdogs as well as loyal family companions.