Nebraska Airedale Terrier Association

THE AIREDALE QUOTIENT (AQ)

A. LIFESTYLE: How would you describe your family's lifestyle?

Low
Moderate
High
General activity level:
Amount of unstructured "free" time:
Available time to interact with pet:
Interest in including pet in family activities:
Time available for training pet:

B.YOUR PERSONALITY:

___ Patient ___ Open-minded
___Fun-loving ___ Sensitive
___Flexible ___ Tenacious
___Adaptable ___ Self-assured
___Inventive ___Nurturing

C. WHAT A DOG IS...

T
F
A dog is a "little person" to be spoiled and indulged.
T
F
A dog is a "wild animal", governed by instinct, who can protect itself.
T
F
A dog is a guardian and protector who will avert harm to my family.
T
F
A dog is a baby-sitter who will amuse and entertain my children.
T
F
A dog is a therapist who will solve my problems.

D. YOUR IDEAL DOG:

___Energetic or ___Laid Back
___Independent or ___Obedient
___Spirited or ___Docile
___Dominant or ___Submissive
___Curious or ___Disinterested
___House Dog or ___Outdoor Dog
___Requires Grooming or ___Low-maintenance
___Rough and Tumble or ___Fragile
___Intelligent or ___Non-inquisitive
___Out-going or ___Reserved

E. THE ENVIRONMENT: (Please circle T if the statement is true; F if the statement is false.)

T
F
A perfectly manicured lawn is not important to us.
T
F
We have a fenced yard with ample room for a dog to play.
T
F
There is an area in our home where our dog can run and play.
T
F
Our home is kid and dog friendly.
T
F
We have a space to confine our dog, in our absence to protect from harm.
T
F
In an emergency, we have plans to evacuate or board our dog.
T
F
If we vacation, we have made adequate arrangements for our pet.
T
F
All family members are familiar with the needs of puppies and dogs.
T
F
We have purchased, or plan to purhase, appropriate bedding, bowls, and toys for our pet.
T
F
We have a veterinarian that we trust to care for our pet.

F. BREED KNOWLEDGE: (Circle Y for "Yes" and N for "No".)

Y
N
We have had an Airedale before.
Y
N
We have "studied" the breed and its characteristics.
Y
N
We have visited Airedale breeders to meet the Airedale "in person".
Y
N
We have questioned Airedale owners about the breed.
Y
N
We have unanimously decided that the Airedale is the breed for us.

SCORING:

Section A: (High responses=2 pts., Average=1 pt., low=0 pts.) _______
Section B: (Each check mark = 1 point) _______
Section C: (Each "False" answer = 1 point) _______
Section D: (Each check mark on the left = 1 point) _______
Section E: (Each "True" response = 1 point) _______
Section F: (Each "Yes" response = 1 point) _______

YOUR SCORE: _______

Maximum score = 50 points; if your score is less than 35, you might want to go over the AQ to determine which aspects were weakest for you. (For example, you might determine that "Environment" was weak but there are many aspects of environment that you CAN CHANGE! Or, you might find that you have completed only one of the tasks in "Breed Knowledge" but that that has given you sufficient knowledge to consider the breed)! It is also helpful for ALL adult members of the family to complete the AQ to ensure that there is "accord" in your choice!

The AQ is designed only as a GUIDELINE to help you identify those characteristics important to understanding the Airedale Terrier and its needs, as well as to stimulate your thinking about pet ownership. However, just as the Airedale appeals to a wide variety of people, it is important to note that Airedales are extremely adaptable dogs and though we speak of "temperament" in generic terms, there exists a wide variation in individual temperaments within the breed! A responsible breeder can help you find the puppy or dog that best suits your needs, preferences, and lifestyles!

For more information about the Airedale Terrier, please consult the ADT FAQ! For more information about breeders, please contact www.airedale.org.

 

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