Airedales can be one of the most versatile hunting breeds alive if sought from correct breeding. As illustrated below just about all North American game that can be hunted with a dog can be successfully taken with the help of an Airedale. Getting it done either alone and by themselves or "importantly" the ability and temperament of teaming up and working together with other Airedales or other hunting breeds.
Lee Zimmerman's "Xena". Devin Staker's young Airedale "Otis" and hounds on Bear. Lee Roy Jarrett's pack of hog hunters including a couple of Airedales. Clint Stubbe's Airedales with Bear. Al Kranbuhl's Slick.
Lee Zimmerman's "Reggie". Mark Reed and Gus. Ryan Olsen's"Vere". Emerald Terrier's Pack with Airedale "Bella". Rick Snell's "Copper" teaming with Hawk. Pete Bassani's Rainey and Possum. Rick's Snell's "Copper". Richard McCorkle's "Fred". Al Kranbuhl's Redline Airedale "Slick". Josh Colf's "Earl" and Hounds. Pete Bassani's "Joe Boy'.
Emerald Terriers. Jackray's Pearl and Ellie Mae. Clint Stubbe's Buzz and Lulu. Pete Bassani's Terrier Task Force.We are currently accepting Puppy Reservations. Here at DogwoodDales we are obsessed with continuing the Legacy! DogwoodDales strives for perfection and every breeding offers a new generation, with the intent to be better than the last. We breed only to improve upon the breed every time we produce a litter of insatiably cute pups; and furthermore, ensure every puppy will go to a home where it will be well cared for and loved for its entire lifetime.
DogwoodDales Legacy Line Airedale Terriers are incredibly smart and founded on Ouachita and Mooreland Lines, this is to ensure the preservation and protection of the innate genius of these incredible southern hunting lines. These pups are bred to work, play and hunt in the tradition of the breed. These dogs are reminiscent of the Airedales that came to popularity s.
This is to ensure the preservation and protection of the innate genius of these hunting lines. DogwoodDale Show Line Airedale Terriers brings together a worldwide show, confirmation, and obedience pedigree.
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The Hunting Airedale
DogwoodDales Airedale Terriers. Excellent confirmation, Excellent Health Our pups are ready to work or just cuddle!I want an Airedale that is outgoing and confident, not aggressive but fearless. He should have "terrier fire" but not be a trouble maker or a bully.
Many people feel the Airedale is too headstrong but that has not been my experience and find them to be loving companion or working dogs having as much "hunt" as any hound but a bucketful more brains. Airedales are a great addition to a pack of hounds or can do it all on their own.
Not having been bred as a specialist like the hound breeds means the Airedale will give up some of the qualities that make a hound such a great big game hunting dog but they will add other qualities such as intelligence, manageability and grit.
As an all round dog I feel that retrieving instinct is a desirable asset and look for that in my breeding program. Airedales can serve very well retrieving waterfowl or upland game. The Airedales coat should be hard, straight and wiry with a soft curly coat being less desirable. It is my personal belief that the Airedale would have a better reputation as a working dog if it didn't have such a problematic coat requiring excessive care. Along with a shorter, harder self keeping coat come less flamboyant facial and leg furnishings but the benefits that a shorter coat provide far outweigh the aesthetic drawbacks.
They had it right about 80 years ago but over time the coat has gotten progressively longer, softer and less practical. I like an Airedale to be about the size stated in most breed standards of 23 inches for dogs. A dog of this height of approximately 65 - 75 lbs. Mid size dogs handle better, last longer and go farther than some of the monsters being passed off as hunting Airedales.
Mogollon Rim Airedales
The Airedale is a silent trailer but will tree with great intensity and enough voice to be heard for a good distance. On bear I find silent trailing to be an advantage as the dogs can get in quite close to a bear before he knows anything is up and the bear may be more likely to tree as a result of being surprised. On cats open trailing may not be necessary because the tracks are usually run in the snow.
I occasionally but not always run a hound with my dales for the extra voice that only a hound can provide however with the advent of GPS tracking systems having an open hound along to locate your dogs is no longer required. Breeding is a science but by no means an exact one and there is certainly variety in every litter but by working towards a goal of a functional Terrier in size, coat and temperament it is my belief that the Airedale can live up to it's title as the King of Terriers.
Twinned Airedales treeing a bear.
The Airedale Terrier by Holland Buckley. Your Airedale by Walter Lingo. The Airedale by William Haynes.For any person that has done a search on the internet looking for information about hunting with an Airedale Terrier they will more than likely come across a site called "Airedales Are A Failure". If one gets to reading the stuff published on the site it becomes pretty apparent that it's sole purpose is to trash the Airedale breed as hunters and a certain Airedale breeder.
From time to time the subject of this site has been brought to my attention and folks asked me what were my thoughts and position on it's content so here we go. I belong to several hunting dog message boards and saw first hand on what lead up to why the Airedale failure site was created, so in a nutshell! Two members of a hunting dog forum who at one time were very friendly to each other got into an argument.
What could of been squashed with proper moderation from the board owner was allowed to blossom into the most ugly internet war between two people I have ever witnessed. From dogs to world politics it festered and not only on the original board that it started on but to other message boards as well causing very ill feelings and some cases banning for both participants. I can not stress how out of hand this thing got and carried on for "Years! I hate seeing things get to this extreme but it is what it is.
As for Airedales being a failure the fellow who owns the site has a right to his opinion, all I can say is to do your homework and research the breed. The Airedale is far from perfect but as can be seen from various published content on this blog and other sites there is plenty of evidence they can make for a pretty decent hunting dog on a wide variety of game and are not the failure one would have you believe.
Al Kranbuhl. Long before and for as long I have been involved with Airedales there has always been controversy about the notion there are Airedales bred as field-hunting lines and there are Airedales that are bred for just showing or for the pet-companion trade and that they are different, this debate still continues today.
The old well known Airedale hunting lines like Oorang, Ouachita, Cabin Hill and Mooreland to name a few will raise the hackles on any Airedale Terrier Club member when they are mentioned. This show dog vs field dog business is not just an Airedale Terrier controversy, the same type of debate goes on in other hunting breed circles also.
Some of the other breeds I have owned and hunted with are caught up in pretty much the same crap. All the hunting-sporting dog breeds have at least a few affectionados for the show ring, while some sporting breeds are favored for showing more than others all are shown by their breed club to some extent.
One thing that is readily observed that more often than not there is a noticeable difference in appearance between field type hunting dogs that are seriously used by hunters and those that are primarily bred and raised to be shown or as pets. Irish-Red Setter field type hunting dog. Irish Setter show dog.A rowdy handful as a puppy, the Airedale Terrier matures into a dignified, self-assured, courageous adult.
Hunting & Field
This athletic dog romps and plays hard. Without vigorous exercise and lots of personal interaction, he is easily bored and may become destructive as he seeks to entertain himself. Young Airedale Terriers are especially rambunctious and can turn your garden into a moonscape of excavated moles and tulip bulbs.
Mental stimulation hunting, obedience, agility, playing games is essential for this thinking breed. You can't just leave him alone all day or stick him outside and hope that he'll lie down quietly and be happy. An Airedale's attitude toward strangers varies from enthusiastically friendly to sensibly polite, but even the friendly ones tend to be vigilant watchdogs. Some individuals are more protective than others. With other dogs, most Airedale Terriers are bold and aggressive, and with their strong hunting instincts they must be exposed early to cats, else they may not be safe with cats.
Rabbits and rodents are not a wise addition to the household. This breed is very smart, but also independent. Unless you establish yourself as the alpha number onehe can be headstrong. Yet assertive owners who know how to lead will find him eminently trainable.
Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training. Airedale Terriers were never intended to be simply household pets. Their "working" behaviors following scents, searching for prey animals, chasing things that run, digging, exploring can be a nuisance in a normal household setting.
Trying to suppress these "hardwired" behaviors, without providing alternate outlets for their high energy level, can be difficult. To teach your Airedale to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Airedale Training Page discusses the program you need.
An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs. Dog training videos. Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy or adult dog when you can see the correct training techniques in action.
The problem is that most dog training videos on the internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method. I recommend these dog training videos that are based on respect and leadership. All rights reserved.
No part of this website may be copied, displayed on another website, or distributed in any way without permission from the author. Is medium to large, sturdy and athletic Is energetic, yet when well-trained and well-exercised, can also be calm and dignified Is exceptionally versatile — can learn and do almost anything Makes a sensible guardian some individuals An Airedale Terrier may be right for you. If you don't want to deal with Vigorous exercise requirements Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young Destructiveness and barking when bored or not exercised enough Providing enough socialization so his natural protectiveness doesn't become aggression Aggression toward other animals — chasing instincts Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge Frequent trimming and clipping of the wiry coat An Airedale Terrier may not be right for you.
Respect Training For Puppies: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved puppy. For puppies 2 to 18 months old. Your puppy will learn the 21 skills that all family dogs need to know. If your dog is over 18 months, you'll want Respect Training For Adult Dogs: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved dog.
Again your dog will learn the 21 skills that all family dogs need to know.Shop Facebook. The Airedale Terrier was developed in in England in the midth century specifically for hunting both fur and feathered game.
Airedale Terriers: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em
The men who began the blend of breeds that was to become the Airedale Terrier were not gentlemen of the sporting world, but rather practical farmers who needed a game dog that would go after vermin as well as bring in birds for their table. A further insurgence of the Airedale into North America in the early 20th century brought expanded hunting opportunities for the breed. Hunting tests for retrievers, spaniels and pointing breeds were devised and run that allowed dogs to earn AKC hunting titles for the first time.
The request was denied. With this one decision by the AKC to include our breed, a whole new world opened for Airedales as they instantly became recognized by the entire hunting public as legitimate gun dogs! Today there are many training and testing opportunities open to Airedales that were not available prior to Sadly, he died suddenly of a heart attack in The following year the ATCA decided to carry on the hunt test in his honor.
Randy would be very proud to be part of what the event has become and the ATCA is proud to hold the test in his memory. As Airedales have trained and competed side by side with Spaniels breeds, they have earned respect and acceptance within that community. The Spaniel community has been exceptionally welcoming and helpful to Airedale handlers. Links to information about the PCT program are provided below. We also mentor people new to training an Airedale for hunting by providing information about spaniel clubs, retriever clubs, professional trainers, recommended training books and anything else Airedale as needed.
For information on any of these events look for the link below or contact Scott Lichty, Hunting and Field Committee Chair. For more information: please contact Scott Lichty, chairperson at AiredaleScott gmail. The Hunting Airedale The Airedale Terrier was developed in in England in the midth century specifically for hunting both fur and feathered game.Can Airedale Terriers Hunt?
Upcoming Events March 24, Read more. Join Today!A Retriever? B Spaniel? C Pointer? Nelson M. If you ask the hunting Airedale folks, the correct answer to the question posed in the headline is actually, D all of the above. However, if you ask this same question of some of the folks in the performance division at the American Kennel Club, the answer would be, E none of the above.
In the view of some within the AKC, the Airedale is a fur and varmint hunter, not a bird hunter. With the Airedale Terrier Club of America's Hunting and Working Committee stubbornly insisting that the dogs are in fact wonderful bird dogs, a fair question would be how two such supposedly knowledgeable entities as the ATCA's Hunting and Working Committee and the American Kennel Club can be so far apart in their positions on this issue.
And, whose picture of the breed is correct? A brief look at the breed's history might prove useful in providing an answer. Airedales were created to be do-everything hunters for people in the Aire Valley in Yorkshire, England.
While much of the breed's early work was hunting river rats, Airedales also were employed as bird finders and retrievers when residents of the valley did a little poaching on the estates of the landed gentry.
Most likely produced from crosses of the old Broken-Coated Terrier with Otterhounds although it is possible other breeds were also included in the mix that ultimately resulted in the Airedalethe breed was originally known as the Waterside Terrier. It later came to be called the Bingley Terrier. Not until was it finally called an Airedale. The versatility of this breed, while viewed as a blessing by those who hunt with their dogs, has actually hindered efforts to get the Airedale recognized as a useful bird hunter.
But historically, in both the U. InWarren Miller wrote in The American Hunting Dog, "On the borderline between the bird dog and the fur dog stands the Airedale, the dog that can hunt both. Certainly it is true that early American hunters used the Airedale frequently as a bird hunter and there are many references to the breed as a bird dog in the periodicals of that era.
For example, in the May issue of Country Life in America, in a story titled "A Brief for the Airedale Terrier," the author wrote, "The hunting instinct is very strong in the Airedale The writer has found few dogs better equipped for shooting in covert or in the open. The Airedale's speed, endurance and imperviousness to climatic conditions fit him for bird hunting.
He loves the water and can stay in it by the hour on the coldest winter day without suffering any ill effects from it so he makes an ideal dog for snipe or to retrieve ducks and geese.
In the March issue of Outing, a story titled "Airedales and Their Training," said, "The Airedale makes an excellent retriever, particularly from water. I am aware that many old duck shooters scorn the idea and argue that the setter has no equal. But facts are stubborn things and it has been positively proved that the Airedale often equals any setter. Here again his innate courage is an advantage; he will unflinchingly meet conditions that make a setter hesitate and consequently will reach the bird quicker.
Though he does not possess the Chesapeake Bay retriever's coat, he is fully as ready to enter cold water. There is ample evidence to support the position that the breed has been successfully used to hunt birds throughout most of its history. This has been recognized from the beginning by the United Kennel Club's Hunting Retriever Club, as Airedales always have been eligible to run in HRC hunt tests and recently at least one Airedale person has taken advantage of that opportunity to earn a "Started" title.
For more than 20 years, following the successful path carved by the Poodle Club of America, as a hoped-for prelude to admission into the AKC's hunt test program, the ATCA's Hunting and Working Committee has been conducting hunt tests for the breed. This year, thanks to some hard and persistent work by Saskatchewan Airedale fancier Heather Faulkner, Alberta fancier Yvan Mongeon and others north of the border, for the first time Airedales will be eligible to compete in the Canadian Kennel Club's Working Certificate program for retrievers.
However, even the Lab people, after they've watched my Airedales work for a while, have come around to the idea of a hunting Airedale.
This is a great way to introduce new people to the sport of hunting with an Airedale. Kennel Club as the lone hold-out among the North American registries considered important by most Americans who hunt with, train and test their dogs.
Speck, vice president for performance events, said, " We do not believe that the Airedale Terrier was developed especially for retrieving of waterfowl or the flushing and retrieving of upland game. As indicated by your presentation, the Airedale was developed as a fur dog. While we are not prejudiced against Airedale Terriers, we do not believe this breed as a whole will perform up to the standard in the retriever hunting test program or the spaniel hunting test program.
Speck are not supported by the breed's history.