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Airedoodle (Airedale Terrier Poodle Mix): Breed Overview

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Airedoodles are airedale terriers mixed with poodles. This mix is loyal and extremely smart. They can be medium, miniature, or toy-sized. Airedoodles come in a wide variety of colors and are hypoallergenic.

Airedoodles have many great qualities. These are qualities they inherit from their parents: the Airedale Terrier and Poodle. 

Their balanced personalities make them easy candidates for the perfect dog.

This article discusses the following aspects of Airedoodles:

  • Origin
  • Appearance
  • Temperament
  • Health issues
  • Lifespan
  • Food requirements
  • Grooming needs
  • Price

And more.

Airedale Poodle Terrier Overview

Airedoodles are extremely intelligent and outgoing. They are loyal and have a well-developed territorial instinct. 

This mix forms strong bonds with their owners and doesn’t like being separated from them. They can engage in problematic behavior if they don’t get enough exercise though. 

This table lists the main characteristics of Airedoodles.

Appearance

Height

15 – 24 in (38 – 61 cm)

Weight

45 – 70 lbs (20 – 32 kg)

Lifespan

10 – 15 years

Dog Breed Group

Purpose

Mixed breed

Working dog, companionship

Coat Type

Single or double

Coat length

Medium or long

Coat color

Apricot, black, blue, brown, cafe au lait, cream, gray, silver, white beige, white, grizzle or black and tan

Eyes

Dark, not prominent

Nose

Black

Ears

Floppy

Hypoallergenic

Yes

Shedding

1 star

Grooming Difficulty

4 stars

Adaptability

Apartment living

3 stars

Good for beginners

3 stars

Can be alone

2 stars

Cold weather tolerance

4 stars

Hot weather tolerance

4 stars

Friendliness & Temper

Temperament

5 stars

Affectionate

4 stars

Kid-Friendly

4 stars

Dog-Friendly

3 stars

Friendly to Strangers

3 stars

Playfulness

5 stars

Trainability & Needs

Easy to train

4 stars

Intelligence

4 stars

Hunting Instinct

5 stars

Barking

4 stars

Energy Level

5 stars

3 Reasons To Get an Airedale and Poodle Mix

Airedale and Poodle mix dogs are hypoallergenic. They are also smart and make great watchdogs.

1. Airedoodles Are Hypoallergenic 

Airedoodles Are Hypoallergenic 
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Airedoodles are a great choice for people with dog allergies, which was between 10 and 20% of the worldwide population in 2018[1]. This percentage is on the rise. 

As a result, the popularity of Airedoodles is on the rise. 

Both Airedales and Poodles are hypoallergenic breeds. This doesn’t mean that Airedoodles never trigger allergic reactions, but the chances are low. No dog is 100% hypoallergenic.

People have allergic reactions to 7 allergens present in[2]:

  • Dander
  • Saliva
  • Other bodily fluids

Airedoodles are minimal shedders. As a result, they are hypoallergenic. Contrary to popular belief, dogs’ hair does not cause allergies. Dander does. The dander attaches to dead hair and gets released into the air causing allergic reactions. 

2. Airedoodles Are Smart

Airedoodles inherit their high intelligence from their parents. 

A study[3] that analyzed the working intelligence and obedience of 130 breeds placed Airedale Terriers in 29th place. The same study suggests Poodles are the second most intelligent breed.

Airedoodles easily learn new tricks. If they resemble Poodles, they understand new commands in fewer than five repetitions. They also obey the first command more than 95% of the time.

3. Airedoodles Make Great Watchdogs

Airedoodles have a well-developed protective instinct. They are territorial and don’t always get along with strangers or other dogs.

This makes them great watchdogs. 

They can engage in aggressive behavior if someone trespasses their territory. Make sure that people who are unfamiliar with your dog don’t come over uninvited.

3 Reasons Not To Get an Airedoodle Dog

Airedoodle dogs bark a lot. They are not suited for apartment living and don’t like to be left alone.

1. Airedoodles Bark a Lot

Airedoodles Bark a Lot
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On a scale from one to five, Airedoodles are a four in terms of barking. They are sometimes loud which is why it is best to learn to control this behavior.

Here are the main reasons Airedoddles bark[4]:

  • Pain
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Excitement

You can control barking by teaching them “quiet” commands and reducing their stress levels. Stressed Airedoodles bark more.

2. Airedoodles Are Not Apartment-friendly

Airedoodles are highly energetic. If you keep them inside all day, they will not be able to burn their energy. 

If they are left alone, they can become frustrated and engage in destructive behavior. 

If it’s unavoidable, you can keep your Airedoodle in an apartment if you provide at least 2 hours of exercise per day. This includes walking, jogging, and playdates.

3. Airedoodles Don’t Tolerate Being Alone

Airedoodles have a predisposition for separation anxiety[5]. They like to be surrounded by other people or dogs. They also form strong bonds with their owners and quickly feel lonely.

Here are some issues experienced by Airedoodles with separation anxiety[6]:

  • Destructive behavior
  • Immediate frustration
  • Peeing or defecating frequently or in inappropriate places
  • Barking
  • Social panic
  • Noise sensitivity

Airedale Terrier Poodle Mix Origin

Airedoodles are thought to come from the United States. The mix is relatively new, yet there is no official information about when and where the mix first appeared. The parent breeds have a long history that dates back to the 17th century though.

Airedale Terrier History

Airedale Terrier History

Airedales were initially bred in England on the valley of River Aire around the 19th century.

This breed was developed by men who needed work done around the house but refused to keep multiple dogs. They were bred as working dogs with multiple jobs, such as hunting and protecting the home.

The American Kennel Club recognized Airedales as a Terrier breed in 1888.

Poodle History

Poodle History

The origin of Poodles has been debated for a long time. Some experts claim Poodles originate from France, while others say they come from Germany. 

Poodles date back to the 17th century. They were initially bred to retrieve prey from the water.

The American Kennel Club recognized Poodles as a non-sporting and toy breed in 1886.

Airedoodle Appearance

Poodle Airedale Terrier mixes vary from toy size to standard size, depending on the size of their Poodle parent. They come in a wide variety of colors and are either single or double-coated. Their hair is medium or long, with a wiry or curled texture.

Airedoodles come in one of the following colors:

  • Apricot
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • cafe au lait
  • Cream
  • Gray
  • Silver
  • White beige
  • White
  • Grizzle or black and tan
Airedoodle Appearance
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Airedoodle Size

The size of Airedoodles depends on the Poodle used for breeding. Their height varies from 9 to 24 inches (24 to 60 centimeters) and their weight from 14 to 71 pounds (6.5 to 32 kilograms)

Poodles come in three varieties:

  • Standard
  • Miniature
  • Toy

When mixing Airedoodles with Poodles, breeders use one parent of each breed for the first generation. Afterward, they use the crossbred offspring as parents. This way, they can control their size and other desired features. 

Mini Airedoodles are the result of crossbreeding Airedales with toy Poodles. 

These tables illustrate the average height and weight of Airedoodles, according to the height of the Poodle parent. Because of the possibility of Airedoodles growing larger, the maximum values are listed as for the larger parent breed. 

Poodle SizePoodle Height in InPoodle Height in CmAiredoodle Height in InAiredoodle Height in Cm
Standard15 – 2438 – 6015 – 2438 – 61
Miniature11 – 1428 – 35 11 – 2328 – 58
Toy9 – 1124 – 289 – 2324 – 28
Poodle SizePoodle Weight in LbsPoodle Weight in KgAiredoodle Weight in LbsAiredoodle Weight in Kg
Standard44 – 7120 – 3244 – 7120  – 32
Miniature26 – 3112 – 14 26 – 7012 – 32
Toy14 – 176.5 – 7.514 – 706.5 – 32

Poodle Airedale Mix Temperament

Airedoodles are active and alert. As highly intelligent and confident dogs, they like to lead but are also obedient to their owners. The Airdoodle mix is also friendly and outgoing, with an extreme level of loyalty and protectiveness to their family members.

Researchers found differences between breeds in brain development. They concluded that the purpose of dogs influences how their brains developed over the years[7]

Dogs pass these traits on to their offspring.

Poodle Airedale Mix Temperament
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Airedales were used for: 

  • Protecting the property from thieves and large animals
  • Retrieving cows or sheep home
  • Vermin control
  • Hunting rabbits and small prey for food

The roles of Airedales in the military during WWI:

  • Messengers
  • Sentry dogs
  • Explosive detectors
  • Rescue dogs

Poodles were initially bred as hunting dogs. Their purpose was to retrieve the prey from lakes and rivers. Their purpose changed over time and they became companion dogs.

Airedoodles have inherited the following traits as a result of the purpose of their parents:

  • Great work ethic
  • Well-developed prey drive
  • Well-developed sense of smell
  • High territorial instinct
  • Great running shape
  • Athletic body composition
  • Eagerness to please
  • Great stamina

Airedale Poodle Mix Health Issues

Airedoodles don’t go through a lot of health issues during their lifetime. They do have predispositions to several health issues specific to their parents.

The following health conditions are more likely to appear in Airedoodles:

  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bloat
  • Umbilical hernias
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Runny Eyes
  • Ear Infections
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Cataracts

To prevent these health issues, it is essential to get your Airedoodle checked once a year by a vet. The vet will run various tests, including ophthalmology exams and blood work.

Providing regular physical activity for at least two hours a day is recommended to keep Airedoodles healthy. Reducing their stress levels also contributes to increased health levels.

Airedale Poodle Mix Health Issues
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Airedoodle Lifespan 

Airedoodles live between 10 and 15 years. Crossbreeds live 1.2 years longer than purebreds, on average. The life expectancy of Airedoodles depends on their genes, lifestyle, and environment.

Here are the factors that can reduce the longevity of Airedoodles:

  • High stress levels[8] 
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Health issues
  • Accidents 

Airedale Doodle Food Requirements

Adult standard Airedoodles need between 1.5 and 3.5 cups of dry food per day. 

Because they are prone to food allergies, Airedoodles shouldn’t eat ready-made food. These often contain many preservatives and taste enhancements. 

Some types of ingredients, such as soy, eggs, and wheat can cause allergic reactions in Airedoodles. Fish, dairy, and beef should also be avoided.

Some Airedoodles resemble Airedale terriers in terms of body shape. They have narrow deep chests. This can predispose them to bloat which can lead to serious health issues.

Here are 4 ways to prevent bloating in Airedoodles:

  1. Feed them small meals.
  2. Don’t let them eat from raised bowls.[9]
  3. Use special feeding bowls that don’t allow them to eat quickly.
  4. Stop them from running or playing immediately after meals.

Airedale Terrier Poodle Mix Grooming Needs

Airedoodles’ grooming depends on which parent they inherit their coat from. If they have a Poodle coat, their hair is continuously growing. As a result, you need to trim their coat once a month. Airedoodles who have Airedale coats need professional grooming once every three months.

Airedoodles need weekly coat brushing to evenly spread their skin oils. 

Because they have sensitive skin, it is essential to avoid the following ingredients in shampoos and conditioners:

  • Formaldehyde[10]: DMDN Hydantoin, sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate, Diazolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl urea, bronopol.
  • Parfume
  • Sulfates: SLS, SLES, ALS, ALES.
  • Parabens[11]: isobutylparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben, propylparaben.
Airedale Terrier Poodle Mix Grooming Needs
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Airedoodle Puppies Price

Airedoodle puppies cost around $1000. Their price is influenced by their age and the quality of their parents. 

If you buy an Airedoodle from reputable breeders, they undergo medical procedures such as vaccinations, medical tests, and spaying or neutering. This leads to a higher price.  

You can also adopt Airedoodle puppies from shelters or directly from owners. This option reduces your costs. 

Unfortunately, Airedoodles are not popular. This makes it difficult to find someone prepared to give them up. 

Conclusion

Airedoodles have many qualities that make them a great mix. They are hypoallergenic and have outgoing personalities. They are highly intelligent and learn new things relatively quickly. Airedoodles love their owners and have a predisposition for separation anxiety. They are relatively healthy and not expensive. Overall, they are great to have around.

About Ioana Moldovan

Ioana is a Misfit Animals staff writer and psychology student interested in animal behavior. She likes to dive deep into the newest scientific studies to find out the latest discoveries in the field.

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