was founded November 20, 1971, when 30 interested Airedalers met in Bill and
Joey Fineran's basement in Harleysville, PA.
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:
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.
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;
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;
disseminate to its members information about genetics, proper grooming
and care of the breed, and the preparation and exhibition techniques