the airedales


Quick side comparison of 10 dog skulls. More comparisons to come later! 

Top: French Bulldog 

Row 1: Shih Tzu x Miniature Poodle mix, Chihuahua puppy, Whippet 

Row 2: Airedale (male), Siberian Husky (male), Staffordshire Bull Terrier 

Row 3: Beagle (male), German Shepherd (female 1940s), German Shepherd (male, 2010s)

Harry, Airedale Terrier (2 y/o), 14th & 5th Ave., New York, NY • “He’s eaten two collars – metal parts and all. The first time he had to have surgery, the second time he passed it.”


Doggos got a new toy. Corgi defends while Airedale attacks. Love these pups! #corgisofinstagram #airedale #airedalesofinstagram #gobone #poweredtoysrule #somethingforeverypup #lovemypups #wordycorgi #dogplayhumansamused

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Breathe like a pug.

Pugs and their brachycephalic brethren have a long list of problems, but lets just talk about their airway for a second.

Pugs and other flat-faced dogs have, to varying extents, brachycephalic syndrome. The short version is that these dogs breathe REALLY badly. The long version is that they have up to half a dozen things wrong with their airway that narrows it.

Try this experiment: find yourself a straw, any will do, and breathe through it.
Only breathe through the straw. Try breathing quicker or slower and see how that feels.

How long does it take to become uncomfortable? Do you feel that instant relief when you finally breathe normally?

This is what it feels like for brachycephalic dogs to breathe. This is their reality. Their airway is narrowed, like yours was with the straw. They live like this. We breed them like this.

The sensation you were feeling is called air hunger. It’s beginning to be discussed more often as a welfare issue.

Brachycephalic syndrome consists of a number of abnormalities. Stenotic nares (closed nostrils) can be improved surgically, and affected dogs can still breathe through the mouth. A long soft palate reduces the diameter of the airway, and again can be improved surgically. The everted saccules, which may reduce the diameter of the airway by 50%, can also be removed surgically.

But you cannot fix the hypoplastic trachea. The dog’s windpipe may only be a fifth of the diameter it should be, perpetually restricting the dog’s breathing. They are forever forced to breathe through that straw. There’s nothing you can do about it.

A dog should have a nose. The disturbing trend of breeding flatter faced dogs has reduced the size if the skull, but hasn’t reduced the size of the tongue and soft tissues of the head. This flesh has nowhere to go, except to crowd the airway. Some pugs have so little nasal space that their nasal turbinates, the fine bones inside the nose responsible for the dog’s sense of smell, actually protrude backwards into the pharynx. Up to 30% of pugs were affected in one study.

Look at these skulls, one pug and one airedale terrier. 

The pug’s bones are smaller, and there’s less space within the skull, but both dogs will have the same amount of flesh on the head. On the terrier it will be fairly normal. On the pug it’s packed in like a sleeping bag.

Consider how far their tongue protrudes. That’s how long their skull should really be to be ‘normal’. That’s how much nose is missing.

A dog needs a nose. These free spirits deserve to be able to breathe freely. We should not be breeding dogs to have flat faces because we like the look of it.

If you think we should, then go breathe through a straw.

For twelve years.

anonymous asked:

Do you know anything about Black Russian Terriers?

We’re going to do something new for asks! We will have “guest speakers” who will answer some of the fun fact asks for you. If no one’s @ is indicated, then it’s just me. Otherwise, I will let you know who has answered the ask at the bottom!

The Black Russian Terrier isn’t really a terrier in the small to medium sized dog sense. They are a large working breed. 

They originated in what is now Russia during the 1930s by a military kennel known as Red Star (based out of Moscow). They wanted to create a native breed to help the national security forces. Due to the upheaval of first the Russian Revolution of 1917, the economic depression of the late 1920s and 1930s, and then World War II, the program was a challenge. 

Following the war, it surged. The Red Star kennel used selective breeding of Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Airedale, and Newfoundland, as well as 14 other breeds to create the breed we know today as the Black Russian Terrier. The BRT was bred for military and police work and by 1956, the Red Star Kennel had its breed. The first breed standard was created in 1958 but it wasn’t until 1981 that the Russian Ministry of Agriculture recognized the breed. It was international accepted by the FCI in 1984. In the United States, they are considered a rare breed. They are part of the working group under the AKC classifications.

These are NOT first time dog owner dogs. They large and strong dogs and need someone who has experience in training. They are very intelligent but can be aloof towards strangers and therefore continual training and socialization is needed. They come in one color, solid black (though a grey hair or two isn’t a problem). The males of this breed at maturity is between 27-30 inches and for females it’s between 26-29 inches. BRTs have a double coat and therefore do require daily brushing. 


Here’s a great source for if you want a BRT:

Answered by: @wagrobanite

The Republic, Columbus, Indiana, June 27,1923

This is the Bow-Wow Chorus. They’re holding down the shoes now. But times will change. They’ll be getting said shoes from upstairs windows some of these mornings when lights are low and most of the city is sleeping. The pups, all pedigreed Airedales, were born in London, old deah. 

Dog breeds vocabulary - Hunderassen (German)

why wouldn’t you want to know that

Originally posted by midnightinparis

der Affenpinscher - the Affenpinscher/ Monkey Terrier
der Afghanische Windhund - the Afghan Hound
der Airedale Terrier - the Airedale Terrier
der Akita - the Akita
die Alpenländische Dachsbracke - the Alpine Dachsbracke 
der Altdänische Vorstehhund - the Old Danish Pointer 
der American Bulldog (but tbh I’d say “die Amerikanische Bulldogge) - the American Bulldog 
der Amerikanische Cocker Spaniel - the American Cocker Spaniel 
der Appenzeller Sennenhund - the Appenzeller Sennenhund/ Appenzeller mountain dog
der Australian Shepherd - the Australian Shepherd
der Beagle - the Beagle
der Bergamasker Hirtenhund - the Bergamasco Shepherd 
der Berner Sennenhund - the Bernese Mountain Dog 
der Bernhardiner - the St. Bernard
der Bloodhound/der Bluthund - the Bloodhound
der Border Collie - the Border Collie
der (Deutsche) Boxer - the (German) Boxer
die Bulldogge - the Bulldog
der Bullmastiff - the Bullmastiff
der Bullterrier - the Bull Terrier
der Chihuahua - the Chihuahua 
der Chow-Chow - the Chow Chow 
der Dackel - the Dachshund
der Dalmatiner - the Dalmatian 
der Deutsch-Drahthaar - the German Wirehaired Pointer 
der Deutsch-Kurzhaar - the German Shorthaired Pointer 
der Deutsch-Langhaar - the German Longhaired Pointer 
die Deutsche Dogge - the Great Dane 
der Deutsche Schäferhund - the German Shepherd 
der Dobermann - the Doberman Pinscher 
der Englische Cocker Spaniel - the English Cocker Spaniel 
der English Foxhound - the English Foxhound
der English Setter - the English Setter 
der Eurasier - the Eurasier/ Eurasian Dog 
der Finnische Lapphund - the Finnish Lapphund 
der Finnische Laufhund - the Finnish Hound 
der Foxterrier - the Fox Terrier
die Französische Bulldogge - the French Bulldog
der Golden Retriever - the Golden Retriever
der Greyhound - the Greyhound 
der Grönlandhund - the Greenland Dog 
der Große Münsterländer - the Large Münsterländer 
der Havaneser - the Havanese
der Hygenhund - the Hygen Hound 

Originally posted by glassbonespaperskin

der Irish Red Setter - the Irish Setter / Red Setter
der Irish Terrier - the Irish Terrier
der Irische Wolfshund - the Irish Wolfhound
der Islandhund - the Icelandic Sheepdog
das Italienische Windspiel - the Italian Greyhound
der Jack Russell Terrier - the Jack Russell Terrier
der Jämthund - the Jämthund/ Swedish Elkhound
der Kanaan Hund - the Canaan Dog
der Kangal - the Kangal
der Kaukasische Schäferhund - the Caucasian Shepherd Dog
der Kroatische Schäferhund - the Croatian Sheepdog
der Kromfohrländer - the Kromfohrländer
der Labrador Retriever - the Labrador Retriever
der Landseer - the Landseer
der Leonberger - the Leonberger
das Löwchen - the Löwchen/Little Lion Dog
der Malteser - the Maltese
der Mastiff - the (English) Mastiff
der Mops - the Pug
der Neufundländer - the Newfoundland
der Norwegische Elchhund - the Norwegian Elkhound
der Otterhund - the Otterhound
der Pekingese/ der Pekinese - the Pekingese
der Pharaonenhund - the Pharaoh Hound
der (English) Pointer - the (English) Pointer
der Pudel - the Poodle
der Pyrenäen-Berghund - the Pyrenean Mountain Dog/ Great Pyrenees
der Rottweiler - the Rottweiler
der Saluki - the Saluki/ Persian Greyhound
der Samojede - the Samoyed
der Schnauzer - the Schnauzer
der Shar-Pei - the Chinese Shar Pei
der Shiba - the Shiba Inu
der Siberian Husky - the Siberian Husky
der Tibet-Spaniel - the Tibetan Spaniel
der Tibet-Terrier - the Tibetan Terrier
der Tschechoslowakische Wolfhund - the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
der Weimaraner - the Weimaraner
der Welsh Corgi Cardigan - the Cardigan Welsh Corgi
der Welsh Corgi Pembroke - the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
der Welsh Terrier - the Welsh Terrier
der West Highland White Terrier - the West Highland White Terrier
der Wolfsspitz - the Keeshond
der Yorkshire Terrier - the Yorkshire Terrier
der Zwergpinscher - the Miniature Pinscher 

Originally posted by gfycat

(fun fact: “Italienisches Windspiel” translates to “Italian wind chime” and if that isn’t an adorable name for a dog breed idk what is)