Airedale Terrier mixes have rapidly grown in popularity. The Airedale Terrier is an all-around amazing dog. Their large size compared to other terrier breeds earned them the title “King of the Terriers.” Regal indeed, these beautiful dogs stand out amongst a crowd.
Airedale Terriers are versatile dogs. They were originally bred to be hunting and farm dogs, but have since been used as police dogs, guide dogs, and war dogs. This mighty breed can do anything.
While this dog is excellent on its own, you may be looking for breeds with slightly different characteristics. When searching for the right fit, it is possible to get stuck choosing between multiple breeds. These breeds may both have characteristics that make them a good fit for your family.
In recent years, dog breeders have begun to create mixes by crossing different purebred dogs. These mixed breeds take on many of the desirable traits of both parents. If you are trying to find the right breed for you and your family, looking into one of these “designer breeds” may help you find the perfect pup!
To help you narrow your search, we have compiled a list of 7 popular Airedale Terrier mixes. Read on to find which mix is right for you!
Top 7 Airedale Terrier Mixes
1. Airedoodle (Airedale & Poodle)
The Poodle is a well-loved breed, and for good reason. Like the Airedale Terrier, Poodles were bred for hunting. However, their gentle disposition has also landed them as one of the “fab four” for service dog work. It’s no wonder why breeders have started crossing these two versatile dog breeds.
The energetic, friendly, and curious Airedoodle is an excellent choice for active families. They are extremely tolerant of children and other pets, so the Airedoodle can fit into almost any family.
Poodles are known for not shedding much, making the Airedoodle both cute and exceptionally practical for families who don’t want to deal with too much shedding. Their coats can range from soft to wiry, depending on which parent’s genetics they favor. They often retain the gorgeous Airedale coloring with the Poodle coat texture.
While Airedale Terriers are not known to be a good choice for novice owners, the adaptable Poodle is. Not only that, but Poodles adapt well to apartment living. So if you love the versatility of the Airedale Terrier, but are looking for a slightly more adaptable dog, the Airedoodle may be right for you!
2. Lab’Aire (Airedale & Labrador Retriever)
If you don’t mind a little more shedding, another very versatile mix is the Lab’Aire. This is a cross between the beloved Labrador Retriever and the Airedale Terrier. The Labrador Retriever was originally a hunting dog, but it has been known as a family dog for years.
The Labrador is slightly larger than the Airedale Terrier, so expect the Lab’Aire to be approximately 50-80 pounds. Labs come in a wide variety of colors, which means you can find many color variations of Lab’Aire such as black, gray, fawn, and brown. They even can have different eye colors!
Both parent breeds are exceptionally energetic, so the Lab’Aire is best off in an environment where they can get plenty of exercise. So long as you can meet that need, the versatile Lab’Aire will be happy in any situation where they can interact with people!
3. Chidale (Airedale & Chihuahua)
A surprising mix to some, the Chiadale is a great fit for families looking for a smaller breed. If you love the independence of the Airedale Terrier but are looking for a more compact dog, look no further than the Chidale! At only 15-18 pounds, the Chidale is feisty and full of life.
Chihuahuas are very friendly with their families but are not as fond of strangers. Because of this, the Chidale also will be a bit more hesitant with new people than other Airedale mixes. However, with proper introductions, they can get along with most people. Chidales do need to be watched closely with children. While they are excellent with children in most situations, they are also more fragile and may snap if they feel threatened.
While they may be small, the Chidale does have a lot of energy. They are perfectly fine in an apartment or small house, but they will need to have several short walks throughout the day.
The Chidale is another low-shedding dog that comes in a variety of colors such as white, red, cream, blue, and black. They require less maintenance than some other breeds and should be fine with weekly brushing and the occasional bath.
4. Goldendale (Airedale & Golden Retriever)
This mixed breed is known for its gentle, sweet, and patient temperament. They’re very well suited for active families because they’re very athletic and have a lot of energy.
The coat of this mixed breed can be smooth and silky like that of the golden retriever, or short and wavy like that of the Airedale.
They get along well with other pets as well as children, making them a welcome addition to many homes.
5. Schnairedale (Airedale & Schnauzer)
If you have ever seen a Schnauzer, you will remember them for their elegant appearance. When mixed with the Airedale Terrier, the gorgeous Schnairedale is created.
Bred in Germany as an all-purpose farm dog, the Schnauzer is protective and loyal. Because of their roots, the Schnairedale is well suited for an adventurous family that is looking for a guard dog.
They are friendly with family but require a proper introduction with strangers. Because of their guarding roots, they are hesitant with new people.
The Schnauzer is extremely strong willed. Because of this, it is imperative that you are able to be a strong leader for the Schnairedale. With consistency and proper training, this intelligent dog can learn quite a lot. However, they often prefer to do so on their own terms.
This beautiful mixed breed will likely inherit the stunning Schnauzer “mustache.” They only need occasional bathing and do not shed much, but it is important to brush their face area three to four times a week. This will keep them looking as beautiful as ever!
6. Airedale Shepherd (Airedale & German Shepherd)
The German Shepherd is a well-known working dog. Renowned for their skills as police and military K-9s, the German Shepherd also doubles as a wonderful family dog.
The Airedale Shepherd takes the best of both breeds. The sensitivity of the German Shepherd counteracts the strong will of the Airedale Terrier. As a result, this mixed breed is relatively easy to train.
Additionally, German Shepherds are typically wary of new dogs. The Airedale Terrier, on the other hand, is friendly with other animals. As a result, the mix between them is likely to be tolerant of other pets in the home. As always though, make sure to supervise interactions between new pets.
While they do have lots of energy, this dog is a decent choice for novice owners. While all breeds come with their challenges the watchful, alert, and curious Airedale Shepherd is sure to be a good fit for most homes!
7. Pitbull Airedale Terrier Mix
The Pitbull Airedale Terrier mix is intelligent, devoted, and friendly. Both parent breeds are known for their energetic nature, which naturally makes this hybrid a high-energy breed that needs plenty of exercise. They do best in a home where they have lots of space to run and play around, and typically do not do all that well in small apartments where they can get destructive.
They can vary in appearance quite a lot. They come in a variety of different colors, and their coat can be wiry or straight depending on the genetics of the individual dog.
Final thoughts: Which Airedale Terrier Mix is right for you?
As you can see, the traits of each Airedale mix vary significantly based on the traits of their other parent. While purebred dogs are a popular choice for many, sometimes it makes sense to get a hybrid dog. Since hybrid dogs can take on the traits of both parents, you can often find a mix that will fit the needs of your family very well.
Airedale Terriers are loving, fierce, and versatile dogs. However, the strong-willed Airedale Terrier can be difficult for a first-time owner. By mixing the Airedale Terrier with another breed, you can find a dog that has all of its wonderful characteristics while also fitting exactly what you need for your family.
Each breed listed here has advantages and disadvantages, but we hope that this list has helped you find the right Airedale Terrier mix for your family!
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