Here, we will discuss the pros and cons of owning an Airedoodle. An Airedale Poodle mix is a Doodle designer breed that has gained popularity in recent years. Airedooodle combines the unique, attractive look of the Airedale Terrier with Poodle’s versatility. As a result, although the breed is still quite young, it has built a loyal following all around the world.
The Airedoodle is also the large boy that is also well-muscled. So, they are often very active and playful. Their wide and long muzzle is very unique, which also compliments their intelligent look. Also, like their Poodle parent, they have low-shedding, curly coat.
So, let’s begin by learning about their parents.
The Airedale Terrier is a big dog that originated from England, known for its guarding capabilities. The name “Airedale” originated from its place of origin: the Aire Valley in Yorkshire.
A unique fact about the Airedale is that they are the largest among the Terriers. This is why they got the nickname “King of Terriers.” When fully grown, they can reach 23.5 inches (60 cm) and very muscular. Because of this, they are often kept to guard farms and houses.
They are very active and hard-working and needs plenty of exercise. They tend to be very protective and great at interacting with kids. However, they still need early training and socialization.
Another unique quality of the Airedale Terrier is the two layers of coat. The top layer is dense and curly, and the undercoat is soft and short. They do not shed heavily, but they do shed certain times of the year.
The Poodle comes in three different sizes: Toy, Miniature, and Standard. Due to the large size of the Airedale Terrier, only Standard Poodles are used in the Airedale Poodle mix. There are two main reasons why Poodle is now very popular in the hybrid designer dog world. First, they are intelligent with excellent temperaments. Second, is their low to non-shedding quality.
The Poodle has an exceptional temperament, very good-natured and loyal. Also, they are good with children and very friendly. Famous for being very easy to train.
The Poodle contributes both of these qualities in Airedoodles, as we will learn below.
Here is the summary of the Airedoodle pros and cons:
- Airedoodles are intelligent, friendly, and very active
- The Airedale Poodle mix is excellent at interacting with children, especially when raised together
- They don’t bark a lot compared to other breeds but can still guard effectively
- Airedoodles are great in outdoor activities like long walks and even tracking
- They mix well with other dogs and other pets
- Very playful and lovable with their unique face and coat
- Low shedding coat thanks to the poodle parent
- They can quickly get bored and lonely and might cause trouble when they do. So, we should not leave them alone for too long.
- Can be overly sensitive in feeling the owner’s mood
- Large, so not suitable for living in small houses or apartments
- Can be tricky when it comes to grooming
Pros and Cons of Airedoodle: Temperament
Both Airedale and Poodle are known for being intelligent, loyal, and good-natured. No wonder the Aredale Poodle mix is also known for the same quality. The Airedoodle is a very friendly breed, and great with kids. However, due to their (very) large size, they might not be the best breed for little toddlers. If you have small babies, it’s best to train and socialize them as soon as possible.
Another good thing is that they don’t really bark a lot. So, they are relatively calm, lovable, and very caring for their families. Yet, the Airedoodle might be a little mischievous from time to time. This can be annoying, especially when paired with the fact that they are very active. Also, they prefer not to be alone for a long time and might start to dig or chew your things and furniture. They want to be the center of attention, and it can backfire since the Airedoodle can be destructive when they lack attention,
Invest in a large enough dog training collar to train the Airedoodle as early as possible. With consistent training, you shouldn’t experience many temperament issues with the Airedoodle.
Pros and Cons of Airedoodle: Grooming
The Airedale Terrier has a thick and wiry coat that is generally kept short. They do shed from time to time, but the Airedale is not a heavy shedder whatsoever.
On the other hand, Poodle is well known for being the closest breed from being truly non-shedding and hypoallergenic. As a result, the Airedale Poodle mix typically has a low to moderate shedding coat. Most Airedoodle will require a brush down every week or two, so get a good grooming kit. However, this will depend on which toat type it inherits.
Also, since Airedoodle has pendulous ears, check their ears regularly for signs of wax buildups and infections. Brush their teeth regularly to ensure their oral health and prevent periodontal disease. In general, we can say the Airedoodle has moderate grooming requirements.
Pros and cons of Airedoodle: Health and Medical Issues
Although the Airedoodle is a relatively “young” breed, we can say that it is well developed. As a result, the Airedale Poodle mix is mostly healthy. Yet, as with most crossbreed dogs, the Airedoodle is susceptible to potential health conditions. Inherited health issues can include:
- Hip Dysplasia: the Airedoodle’s hip is underdeveloped, causing sharp pain on the back. The condition can make movements very painful and challenging.
- Dermatitis: especially happens to Airedoodle with a wiry coat. You can identify dermatitis when the dog excessively licks its fur.
- Bloat: since the Airedoodle is tall and deep-chested, they are more prone to bloat. Bloat can be life-threatening when left for too long, and so quick treatment is essential. Take the dog to the nearest vet immediately if you see any signs of bloat.
- Patellar luxation: A condition where the kneecap of the dog is dislocated. Airedoodles are prone to this condition due to their large build and dense muscles. The knee will appear swollen and may cause abnormal movements. Take the Airedoodle to the vet immediately when you see this symptom.
In general, make sure the Airedoodle is on a healthy, protein-rich diet, take them to the vet regularly, and provide enough supplements and vitamins.
Pros and cons of Airedoodle: Food and Diet
Since Airedoodle is a (very) large and energetic dog compared to other Doodle breeds, they need a higher amount of nutritious dry food. High-quality dry dog food is also essential to maintain their dental and oral health.
Give them two and a half cups to three cups of high-quality kibbles regularly, twice a day. A minimal amount of human food is okay, but the diet must include mostly dry food.
It’s imperative not to leave your Airedoodle not to free feed. They have a very high appetite, so they are prone to overfeeding and obesity. Being overweight can deteriorate the dog’s overall health.
Also, discuss with your veterinarian about establishing the Airedoodle’s diet. All dogs are different, and your Airedoodle might have its unique dietary needs.
Pros and cons of Airedoodle: Lifetime Expectancy
Let us first discuss the average lifespan of the Airedoodle ancestors. A Standard Poodle’s average lifespan is about 10-12 years. Therefore, the average life expectancy of the Airedale Terrier is relatively similar, also 10 to 12 years. So, the average lifespan of the Airedoodle is similar to the two, around 10-12 years, but some have reported that they can reach 14 to 15 years. Higher life expectancy is expected if the dog is on a healthy diet and with enough supplements.
Pros and cons of Airedoodle: Size and Weight
The Airedodole can grow up to 22 to 24 inches in height. Also, they can weigh 40 to 65 lbs while being very muscular. So, the Airedoodle is a big boy, which can either be a plus or minus value depending on your likings. If you do live in a tiny apartment or have a very young child, it’s not wise to get an Airedoodle.
However, if you live in a big enough house and like a big, huggable dog in general, the Airedoodle might be for you.
Pros and cons of Airedoodle: Exercise Requirements
Being a large and active dog, the Airedoodle requires daily walks to keep them happy and energetic, and they can walk for fairly long.
The owner must be able to handle their weight and large body, which might not be for everyone. Early leash training is crucial, so invest in a strong leash that can handle their weight.
Again, this also means that Saint Bernedoodle is not a good fit for small apartments or smaller houses. Since they are friendly with other pets, you can take them to dog parks so they can socialize freely (if possible, off-leash).
Remember that their large sizes don’t automatically translate into unlimited stamina. So, remember that the Airedoodle needs enough rest and is not your cycling buddy.