Is an Airedale Dog Good Around Children?


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Airedales can do well in homes with children, but older children may be better suited to them. Airedales are stubborn and energetic, which can require more training than families with small children have time to provide.

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Is an Airedale Dog Good Around Children?
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Airedales are friendly, sociable dogs that do well living indoors. They tend to like being around people and can be protective of their families. They also do not shed much, which can be good for children with allergies or asthma. Airedales are playful and can be trained to be obedient and polite with enough time, so families that are dedicated to providing enough exercise and training can ensure an Airedale and young children get along. Families with children old enough to assist in training and exercising the dog can do very well with Airedales.

However, Airedales, like most terriers, need a significant amount of daily exercise. Families with young children may not have time to provide this exercise. The breed's stubbornness can also make these dogs difficult to train at times. Airedales are fairly large dogs, and those that are under-exercised or under-trained may be prone to chasing or jumping up on children. This behavior is generally done in a friendly or playful manner but can injure and frighten small children. Airedales can become overprotective and should never be left unsupervised around small children.

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