Why choose a breeder from the Club list?

When you chose a breeder that is listed on the Airedale Terrier Club of Victoria's Breeder's Directory  you can expect to purchase from a breeder who has a good knowledge of Airedale Terriers and will give their new puppy owners support in all aspects of Airedale Terrier ownership.

There are good breeders who are not listed on the ATCV Breeders Directory for various reasons. Purchasers should  research all breeders to ensure that their breeding is in the best interest of the breed .

Any breeder throughout Australia who is a member of the ATCV and meets specific criteria is eligible to subscribe to the ATCV Breeders Directory

 

Suggested questions for a prospective puppy buyer to ask a breeder.
Prepared by the Airedale Terrier Club of Victoria Inc.

  • Why do you breed your dogs and what is your aim as a breeder?  (Every litter should be carefully planned and the breeder should be able to explain their reasons for breeding the litter and why they have used the particular parents. While serious breeders do not always keep a pup from a litter they usually breed with the intention of doing so. Often, the pups although very healthy, do not meet the high expectations conformation wise of a dedicated breeder who will showcase their dogs in the show ring.)
     
  • How long have you been breeding Airedale Terriers? (Remember everyone has to start somewhere and a first time breeder may in fact have more knowledge of and a genuine interest in the breed and the background of the breed, than one who has bred more litters.)
     
  • Do you bring new lines into your breeding. If so, where do these come from and what research do you do before deciding on the new stock? (Many breeders will import dogs - both dogs and bitches - from overseas. They may also import frozen semen from a dog in which case the sire of your pups may not live in the country. Serious breeders will have studied pedigrees and carefully considered the value of a particular dog or bitch before going to the expense of importing it.) 
     
  • Do you use dogs other than your own for breeding? (Good breeders will explore a range of males to use over their bitches. They are open to finding the best match to complement and improve their own animals. While there is nothing wrong with using your own dogs it is not best breeding practice to continually repeat a mating because the dog is in your own yard. This does nothing to advance a breeders stock.)
     
  • How ACTIVE are you in your breed club/s? (Being a Club member in itself does not show dedication to or knowledge of the breed. ACTIVE membership in a breed club does show a committment and an interest in the breed and breed history, access to current breed information and a willingness to learn from and give support to a network of other breeders both locally and overseas.)
     
  • Do you show your dogs or compete in trials or competition of any sort? If not how have you established that the dogs you breed from are excellent examples of the breed and suitable to breed with?  (Competition also shows a depth of interest in the breed. You cannot claim your dogs are a good example of the breed if they have not been assessed by competing against other dogs of the breed. Breeders should breed to further the breed as specified in the Breed Standard. It is this standard that makes an Airedale Terrier an Airedale Terrier and not something else. Breeders need to understand and be able to interpret this Standard.)
     
  • What are some of the health issues and common genetic diseases in the breed?  (The breeder should have a good knowledge of hereditary problems in the breed and be able to discuss and explain any diseases. Airedale Terriers are as a rule healthy dogs. Dogs used for breeding should be x-rayed and scored under the ANKC Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Scheme or the Penn Hip scheme (a USA based scheme). Ask the breeder to show you the official results.  While there may be a genetic factor in developing Hip Dysplasia, the environment may also have a huge influence on a dog that develops Hip Dysplasia and owners need to take heed of instructions given by the breeder in how to raise their pup.)
     
  • What genetic/health certifications do the parents have?  Ask to see the original results.(The breeder should be able to explain what the results mean. Breeders who subscribe to the Airedale Terrier Club of Victoria Breeders Directory are required by the club to have their breeding stock x-rayed and scored for HD. There is no requirement by DOGS Victoria or the ANKC for Airedale Terriers to have any health screening.) 
     
  • Do you allow prospective puppy buyers to visit and see your adult dogs and puppies?  Will the whole litter be available for viewing?  (Your puppy will most likely take after the parents, so you need to be sure that the parents are friendly and sociable and a good example of the breed.  The puppies should also be friendly and sociable and be clean and healthy. When looking at a litter every pup will not necessarily be outgoing all the time. This does not mean that the most active pup is always that way nor does it mean that the pup that sits in the corner is the quiet one, only that is how they are at that time. Breeders may not allow you to see the litter before a certain age due to various circumstances, including, but not limited to possibility of infection or contamination.)
     
  • Can I see the sire or make arrangements to meet him?  (The sire should be sociable and friendly and be a good example of the breed, however, it may be that he resides in another State or even another country.)
     
  • What information do you supply with your puppies?  (You should be given a detailed diet sheet, a DOGS Victoria registration certificate and pedigree and information on worming, vaccinations -including the latest protocol- and breed information. Characteristics and needs of the breed should be thoroughly explained. Registration papers may take some time to be returned to the breeder by DOGS Victoria, however you should not as a rule have to wait any more than 3 months for these. DOGS Victoria allow litters to be registered up to the age of 18 months. It is difficult to understand why a breeder would wait this long and most breeders will register them as soon as the litter is microchipped at about 8 weeks.)
     
  • How much will the puppy cost?  (You should expect to pay $2000- $3000 for an Airedale Terrier puppy -Jan 2017 but this can vary. If a breeder is asking more ask why. More is not necessarily best and nor is less necessarily worse.)
     
  • Is a deposit required?  (Breeders will take deposits at different times. Some will wait until the pups are born, others before they are born. There is no right or wrong. If you pay a deposit before the litter is born and there are not enough pups for you to have one then you should have your deposit returned unless you wish to transfer it to a later litter. You should get a receipt for any money paid.)
     
  • Is the puppy on the Mains Register or the Limited Register and what is the difference? (Australian National Kennel Council breeders and affiliates such as DOGS Victoria issue Registration Certificates to breeders when they register the litter. These papers include a three generation pedigree of your puppy, its registered (official) name and registration number (unique to that puppy) and the microchip number. The puppy may be registered on the Main Register which entitles the owner to participate in the full range of activities available through ANKC member bodies including showing and breeding (subject to meeting various requirements). The Main Registration papers are blue in colour. Limited Registration means the animal is not able to compete in conformation shows and cannot be used for breeding. The Limited Registration papers are orange in colour. Prior to buying the puppy you should discuss which register your pup will be on, and why.)
     
  • Do you charge extra for registration papers? (Dogs Victoria regulations specify papers should not incur an extra fee. If a breeder wants to charge extra for "papers" look for another breeder.)
     
  • What support do you offer to your puppy purchasers? (A good breeder will always be there to assist in any way possible throughout the life of the dog. This may be for information about a stage of your Airedale Terriers life or just a general inquiry. A good breeder will be able to teach you to groom, both hand strip and clip and to learn the skills if you wish to show your Airedale. You should also ask about having the ears glued to make sure they sit correctly. Many breeders will take the dog back in the event that you can no longer keep it.)
     
  • What do you expect from your puppy owners? (While breeders have responsibilities so too do owners.)
     
  • Can you put me in touch with people who have bought a puppy from you? A breeder may not have permission to give you details of a previous puppy buyer but they may ask one to contact you and discuss their experience with them.
     
  • If you need further information on purchasing a puppy contact the Secretary of the Airedale Terrier Club of Victoria.  airedaleterrierclub.vic+secretary@gmail.com

 

The following chart is a guide to the type of breeders that may be available. Although this is an American based chart the information is relevent worldwide. Although most Australian breeders would be classified as Hobby Breeders they fit the Reputable Experienced Breeder category in terms of knowledge and committment. They do not breed to make money.

                       

 


Contact Details

Keith Lovell
Darnum, VIC, Australia
Phone : (03) 56278110
Email : webmaster@airedaleclub.com