Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted May 24, 2015
I loved this dog. My husband was, at the time, on the road from Monday - Friday. It was just me and my dog. He was a great companion and was wonderful with my infant godson. Barney always barked when someone was coming up my long country driveway but never barked at the deer when they walked past the windows.
We acquired him from a trainer who had Barney returned to him at almost two years of age. The complaint was that the dog would get out and run like the wind. The original owners were frustrated.
Barney was a terrier but with the long legs and thick curly coat of an airedale. He had a lot of energy and when he stood on his hind legs would put his hands on my shoulders (I am 5'7'' tall). Despite his energy, he was able to be trained, would follow commands, and took easily to me being the pack leader. His gentle nature made him perfect around my godson, who could climb on him with out being nipped or growled at.
With his thick fur coat, Barney would patiently lay with his head in my lap as each spring I sheared him down to a summer hair cut. He would always look to me for approval, like a small child. He had such a sweet and loving personality.
I highly recommend an airedale terrier as a pet, if you have space for the dog to exercise and love in your heart for another best friend.