Our Goal
Our goal in breeding Airedales has always been to breed as close to the AKC standard as possible, making the dog look and act like it was meant to be in the first place. Although size may vary, the average size of our Airedales is 23 inches tall at the top of the shoulders, and weight is 55 to 65 pounds for males. The females are about 1 to 2 inches shorter and weigh around 41 to 50 pounds. We have spent years studying pedigrees and bloodlines trying to choose only stud dogs and females to breed that compliment the breed standard. We do not have eye problems with our particular bloodlines and hips are checked on all of our breeding dogs, to make sure they don't have any hip problems. Our females are usually bred only one time and then neutered, as we feel we do not have to breed multiple times to get what we desire out of our breeding program.

Puppy Handling
We do a lot of extra work with our puppies before we sell them, as we feel that it really helps them adjust better in their new homes. If they are handled a lot and put on a schedule while they are still all together with their littermates, going to their new homes and getting on a schedule isn't so traumatic for them. As soon as the puppies are weaned, 5 to 6 weeks, we start putting them on the grooming table. We cut and file their toenails, clean out their ears, and clip their pads, bellys, and bottoms with a clipper. We scissors around the feet and neaten up the areas we clipped, with the scissors. Then we brush and comb them, getting them used to the whole grooming process at a very early age. We do this several times during the week before they leave for their new homes. This gets them used to being handled and groomed.

Puppies are separated into fiberglass crates, so they are no longer sleeping in a bunch, and getting especially attached to one of their littermates which may cause more anxiety when they are taken away from their litter and placed in their new home. We go from 3 or 4 puppies in a large crate, down to 1 or 2 puppies as the days progress. This gets the puppy used to being able to stretch out and to like his or her own space. This also helps to have a puppy that is used to a crate when you take it home, practically eliminating the screaming and crying experience that could go on and on for days, if the puppy is not used to being caged, or without his or her littermates. Our puppies actually love their cages and want to go into them for their naps.

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