Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted July 9, 2015
They say it is the most devoted dog in the world. They say they are loyal to only one owner and if they are abandoned, they do not accept a new person and always long for their owner. This is what happened once to our Airedale Karat, when my family went for 2-weeks holidays and left the dog in my grandfather’s house. He felt depressed probably thinking that we left him forever.
It is a hunting dog. Even if you don’t train it, it has strong instincts, and there’s nothing you can do about it. They chase every moving object: cats, other dogs, cars, bulls. On the other hand, if they were not trained once they reach the object, they don’t know what to do next. More than once, we had to drag Karat out of a fight with a bigger dog (though normally they get on very well with other animals) or stop him from chasing a bull (who knows what he was going to do with a bull!). Airedale’s owner should spend a lot of time outside with this dog: they need movement, love new impressions, they are playful, easy-going and are always ready for fun. In my childhood, Karat was my tireless playmate, and especially loved playing hide-and-seek.
They are also very intelligent, balanced, friendly, patient with children and can be easily trained. They are never unnecessarily aggressive, but they understand it very well when actions must be taken. Karat used to protect my elder sister from unwanted attention of men, and me from boys who were trying to bully me.
Overall, despite some disadvantages (their hunting instincts), if I ever decide to have a dog again, I will surely opt for an Airedale.