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For information on reputable Airedale breeders, please contact:

Susan Hill
Phone: (303) 322-0626
Email: caughtsy36@aol.com

Three Outstanding Airedale Terrier Breeders Are Members of The Greater Denver Airedale Terrier Club

When a family is looking for an Airedale Terrier puppy, a list of recommended breeders can make choosing a puppy very much easier. The following three breeders are members of the Greater Denver Airedale Terrier Club. They are all hobby breeders, which means that they breed to improve the Airedale Terrier, not as a business endeavor. They all know the Airedale Terrier Standard and use it to evaluate their own breeding stock as well as the offspring. Getting the opinion of AKC judges is also important to these breeders, so you will see them in the ring with the animals that they have bred.

Karen Copley
Phone: (303) 423-7110
Email: airetail@aol.com

Elizabeth Hanssard
Phone: (303) 730-1744
Email: kountrydales@msn.com
Web: www.kountrydales.com

Marilyn Martin
Phone: (303) 697-4667
Email: martinmlyn@yahoo.com

What to look for and expect in a good breeder?

After researching different breeds you have decided on an Airedale Terrier. Whether you are looking for a family pet or a show quality dog your choice of a good breeder should be carefully considered. Serious caring breeders strive for excellance in maintaintaining the breed standard and in producing healthy puppies free of hereditary problems and with good temperments.

A. dedicated breeder should produce quality not quantity, be wary of a breeder that always has puppies available. A good breeder should work with you and help you with all aspects of the breed (feeding, training, grooming).

The breeder should inform you of particular needs or problems of the breed.

Breeding age should be 2 years and older. Request to see all health certificates from Sire and Dam related to hip Dysplasia. OFA is done no earlier than 24 months and will be rated excellent, good, fair. OVC is done at a younger age and certificate will read pass or fail. Breeders on our list prefer the Sire and Dam to be OFA excellent or good. Other health clearances to both parents could include eyes, heart, thyroid.

The breeder should provide you with a health record of the puppy indicating vet check, immunizations and de-worming.

Puppies should not be released before the age of 7 weeks (49 days). The breeder should offer you a guarantee, which will cover health problems. A short term guarantee, valid for a few days, would allow you a full refund should your vet discover any disease or problem. Long term guarantee would cover hereditary problems.

The breeder should provide you within 6 months of purchase a AKC (American Kennel Club) registration certificate at no extra cost. Required by law if the pup is presented as a purebred.

The breeder should provide you with a 3-4 generation pedigree of the puppy.

Visit the breeder, the kennel/home. Make sure the Dam is on the premises. Observe the interaction between the breeder and the animals. Look for clean and sanitary environment. Expect ‘doggy smells’ but not filthy ramshackle living conditions. Puppies should be well socialized to household sights, sounds and people. If Sire is not present in the home the breeder should give you as much information as possible and will probably have pictures to show you. Keep in mind that long range stud services are common.

The breeder should take back the dog at any time rather than see it disposed of inappropriately if due to extenuating circumstances you are unable to care for it.

The breeder should be involved in breed activities like obedience, agility, field work and show conformation. All these activities prove trainability and soundness. Ask for official proof of achievements or awards given by the American Kennel Club (AKC) or other Official Clubs like the Airedale Terrier Club of America (ATCA). Although this is not an endorsement, the breeder should be a member of the AKC and local, regional, and/or national breed clubs.

Do not be surprised if the breeder has a list of questions for you to answer. This is to determine the suitability of an Airedale pup for your lifestyle and for your range of activities. In conclusion, do your homework, prepare a list of questions, and ask for references. When in doubt of the breeder's integrity, just walk away. It’s better to endure the urges than the regrets. Read and research with a critical eye. Years of enjoyment, health and soundness with your new Airedale puppy depend on it.

One of our major goals is to educate people on the breed and to help them find a good breeder.

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