Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Our Airedale Breed

Mitch and I got tagged by Sparky to tell you all about us Airedales!

Airedales are the largest of the Terrier group and we range anywhere from 50-70 pounds. Mitch and I are closer to the 50 pound end of it, thank goodness or mom wouldn't be letting us have pizza and ice cream!
We're basically a cross of the old Black and Tan Terrier and the Otterhound so we were bred to swim and hunt vermin. I guess we're poor examples because neither one of us swim. Mitch hasn't had the opportunity and I'm not fond of getting myself all wet and taking all day long to dry off! YUK!
Do bats count as vermin? Okay, we can do that! Get the badminton racquet Mitch!

We're also known for being great guard dogs! I can speak for myself and tell you that I'm one heck of a guard dog! No one would think of breaking into my house! I won't bite but I will tell you in no uncertain terms that you don't belong here and leave quickly or else!
We're very loyal to our family and can be very aloof to strangers. This is true with some adult dogs. Mitch is still a puppy so he's very friendly but not me, a stranger can admire me but if you put your hands on me to pet me I'll tell you exactly what I think of this not-acceptable behavior!
We are known for finishing fights but never starting them. Our breed has very powerful jaws - just look at how we can destroy our stuffies! It's a constant battle for mom to keep on top of us not to destroy our toys! Any toy that's given to us that's not for power chewers usually gets wrecked pretty quickly. I used to be really bad but now that I'm 9 years old I've eased up. Mitch is just getting started! Show dogs are stripped, not clipped, and have wiry coats. Both Mitch and I are clipped because we have no interest in the show dog circuit. My coat is very soft, which is not acceptable for a show dog. Mitch has a beautiful wiry coat now but the more mom clippers him, the softer he will get in time. That's okay - we will still love him!
We Airedales are known as big clowns and we're very smart, quick learners! Tell that to Mitch so he can climb those stairs!
Actually he's doing quite well. Mitch and mom were climbing one step at a time today and Mitch did okay!
Mom is very proud of him but that video of him racing up and down the stairs won't be coming for awhile yet!
Thank you for all of the GREAT suggestions that you sent us! Mitch will ace these stairs! He just needs a few more days!

So that's the scoop on us Airedales!

We tag Asta, Huskee, Joey and Doofus and Luckie. Tell us about your breed!

So until next time...............

Love ya lots,



Putter said...


Fabulous, Amazing shot of you in those sun-glasses, Maggie! I LOVE IT!!!!! :))))

Gus said...

Hey Maggie: Thank you for telling us about airedales. I had airedale friends in VA and I miss them. Their names are Red and Blue and they live in Chaalottviyl. (phonetic spelling) We heard your mom made a quilt square! We hope you dales do well on your raffle, and if you are drawing the tickets, we will send you our number!

The Airechicks said...

Maggie -

Very informative.....Yeah we don't do tricks to many times either...



Stanley said...


Very well said. I too, believe you look WUNDERBAA in your shades. Want to head up my security staff in GooberStan sometime?

My girl is wondering if she met you if you would ever warm up to her. She loves your soft curly coat, and espeically the wrinkly curls on top of your head (so much for sounding like a tough security dog, huh)?

WAY TO GO, MITCHY! He'll be running stairs in no time.

Goob love,

Ruby Bleu said...

I feel so smarts now knowing all about you. My Mom smiled while reading it because all the things you talked about reminded her of her pup A.D. when she was a kid.

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Eddie N Peaches said...

How nice to know about your breed now. Thanks for edumacatin us about you.
Whoofs & Baroos,
Eddie & Peaches

Jessica said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch.....We were not very familiar with Airedales until we met you two and we sure have enjoyed getting to know you. Thanks for telling us about your breed, good stuff.

Love, Seadra and Zoe

Agatha and Archie said...

Hi Kids,Cool glasses and very informative reading( PL1+2 always wanted an Airedale, and then got a Welsh Terrier( close!) because their apartment was too little!PL 2 is going to get tickets for the quilt raffle..SHE LOVES IT and now loves it even more now that she knows your Mom did some!! Love A+A

the many Bs said...

That is very interesting. We have always liked Airedales because you look so cool, but we didn't know all of those facts. We're very happy to hear that Mitch is learning the stairs. We knew he could do it!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Maggie.
Thanks for sharing the info about your breed.
I didn't know too much about it.
The only thing I know is that I love you and Mitch so much!
Glad to hear that Mitch is doing well with the stairs. I know he will conquer them!
Have a good night

Amber-Mae said...

Oh, now I know you Airedales much better! Thank you for sharing those information Maggie...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

ToFFee said...

That's great info Maggie..

hope Mitchy now can climb the stairs..

You look great in shades! you'll bring those to vacation?


Joe Stains said...

thanks for all of that good info, we cant wait to share some real interesting boston terrier stuff!

Headgirl said...

Really enjoyed getting the personalised low-down on your breed. This going to be a very educational tag!

Pats & pets from a distance as you don't like actual ones from strangers!

Simba and Jazzi said...

Do all airedales look good in shades? I hope Mitch gets the hang of the stairs.

Simba x

Kien said...

oh Maggie.. thanks for sharing to us bout your breed.. is fun to learn bout u guys.. and u guys sure look tough to me..

Golden Rossi

fee said...

o, i love uou and mitch and all airedales! i saw your mommy's airedale circus quilt again on – was it jackson's – blog. well done!!!


Allegra the Airedale! said...

Don't forget that we are cute like Teddy Bears!

Momma keeps telling me stuff about how I should be and the only thing that matches is the clown...


umekotyan said...

Maggie of sunglasses is cool.
And, it is worth respect. faithful to the family:)
It is necessary to drink the dirt in the nails of maggie ume tyan.

from loved ume tyan

Sparky said...

Thank you so much for carrying on the "Breed tag!" I overheard my mama tell my pop that she wanted an airedale puppy the other day, because they seemed so smart! Not sure what that says about me...

Suki & Joey said...

Cool, Maggie! I loved learning about your breed!

Mom really likes Airedales, but she thinks getting one would be a mistake cuz I'm so much smaller and could get hurt playing. No way! I'm tuff! :)

Puggy kisses
P.S. You're right about being aloof to strangers. Mom met one when she was 12 and she went to England with my Grandpa and they met one named Katy, just like my Mom! But she wouldn't pay attention to my Mom and she didn't know why, but now she does :)

Anonymous said...

Woo Hoo Love the sunglasses shot!!! Thank you for the great info on your breed!! I wonder if I can get an AIREdale and call it an AIREberian???

Luckie Girl said...

Hey Maggie,
Oh wow, tat's really a very informative post. :) I will need to do some research about dachshunds and then blog soon.

Myeo said...

We never seen an Airedale before, a real one we meant. The info that you provide is very informative :)

Boy n Baby

Faya said...

Yes.....that's me too.....