Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted July 20, 2015
While the coat care on an Airedale may seem daunting, it is well worth the effort to have such an affable companion. More relaxed than most terriers, the Airedale is a loveable clown. They are extremely smart and eager to learn, though they can have a stubborn streak. They are an excellent companion for a single woman—large and loud enough to be an intimidating watch dog, a great walking/jogging buddy, and a cuddly couch-mate.
When I kept my boy hand-stripped in order to be shown, the weekly maintenance took 2 to 3 hours. He has since been retired from the ring and transitioned to a pet groom which only takes 2 to 3 hours every 6 weeks. He gets the most sensitive areas shaved and scissored, while his back is stripped to maintain its proper texture and to keep his skin healthy.