August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Airedale Terrier Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Airedale Terrier’s wiry straight coat, statuesque 23” of solid muscle, and dignified aloofness make him a distinctive family or farm dog. To be properly “dressed” he will need some coat stripping or clipping but owners can manage quite handily. Early training controls terrier dominance.
Photo Courtesy of Photographer Jen Gran of Kyna's Airedales presents; Kyna's Insufficient Funds "Bounce" Breeder/Owner: Dianna G. Fielder


Airedale Terrier Dog, Puppy & Breed Information


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The Airedale Terrier is from the Yorkshire area but one particular import founded a dynasty in the States.  The Airedale has been used here on large game, in Africa on even larger game, and for police work in both Germany and the U.K.  With high pain tolerance and great determination, the Airedale was even used as a messenger war dog. Airedales are natural dogs with few exaggerations and few health problems.


Coat, Color, Care: Airedale Terriers have a hard, dense, wiry coat which should be stripped (plucked) regularly to keep him tidy, relatively non-shedding, and handsome.  His beard needs daily attention so as not to be distasteful when he kisses you.  He is lighter tan on legs, shading to darker tan, blackish, even grizzled brown on body.


Airedale Terrier Personality:  He is a terrier and a large one at that.  Determined, sometimes obstinate, always proud and dominate, he needs early training and a firm, experienced hand.  With dutiful socialization, the Airedale will accept family pets or livestock but like all terriers, he’s a hunter and will challenge or dispatch that which he considers “fair game.” 


Exercise Requirements: The Airedale Terrier will sprawl on the floor while you read or watch TV but was developed to work all day in the field.  Airedales need daily vigorous exercise or they become fat and frustrated!  Trotting beside your bicycle will insure a healthy muscular dog and prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.


Airedale Terrier Health Concerns: He is unusually healthy and hardy, living well over a decade with few health problems.  An overweight, poorly muscled Airedale is prone to hip dysplasia and mental dullness.  Dry itchy skin may need attention but like most allergies are usually environmental or dietary. He has few serious health problems, a bonus to owners.


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Airedale Terrier AKC Standard
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