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 excellence in maintaining the breed standard and in producing healthy puppies free of hereditary problems and with good temperament.

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,…).

What to look for in a breeder you could live with:

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 – Orthopedic Foundation for Animal or OVC – Ontario Veterinary College). 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.
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).
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.
Breeder should provide you within 6 months of purchase a CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) registration certificate at no extra cost. Required by law in Canada (Animal Pedigree Act) if pup is presented as a purebred.
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.
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.
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 CKC or other Official Clubs (ATCC, AKC, ATCA).
Although this is not an endorsement, the breeder should be a member of the CKC 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.

Breed standard
Breeders list

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