Airedale Terrier Club of Greater Philadelphia

Airedale Terrier Club of Greater Philadelphia

About Us

Club History

The Club was founded November 20, 1971, when 30 interested Airedalers met in Bill and Joey Fineran's basement in Harleysville, PA.

The Club's purpose is to support the breed and its admirers in all ways. With a diverse membership, not heavily laden with dog show participants, the Club has endeavored to provide for the pet owner as well as for the exhibitor.

Activities have included: 

  • Grooming instructions,
  • Owner-Dog hikes,
  • Agility demonstrations and training,
  • Hunting-working seminars, and
  • Social functions, such as the annual picnic and holiday party.

The Club regularly participates in Airedale education programs and also conducts one match and one specialty show annually.

Members are also involved in Airedale rescue work and the Club has established a fund to support this vital activity.

Club meetings are held six times a year - either on Friday evening or Sunday afternoon, depending on the season.  The picnic, the Christmas party, and the annual awards dinner comprise three of the meetings and an attempt is made to have programs of interest at the other three.

Most of the ongoing business of the Club is conducted by the officers and elected directors at six "Board" meetings which are held in the alternate months to the general meetings.  These Board meetings are announced in the newsletter and are open to all members who wish to participate.

A Club newsletter is issued periodically and contains a calendar of upcoming events, a report on recent happenings and other news of interest.

2018 Officers

President: Adele Abe
Vice President: Barbara Vaughn
Secretary: Liz Howard
Treasurer: Brenda McCann
Rescue Liaison: Michelle Smith

Club Objectives

The objectives of the Club shall be:

  • To encourage and promote pure-bred Airedale Terriers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;
  • To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Airedale Terriers shall be judged;
  • To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience trials;
  • To conduct sanctioned and licensed specialty shows and obedience trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club;
  • To disseminate to its members information about genetics, proper grooming and care of the breed, and the preparation and exhibition techniques for showing.

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