Showsight Presents The Airedale Terrier

THE AIREDALE TERRIER

1. Where do you live? What do you do “outside” of dogs? 2. How many years in dogs? Showing? Judging? Breeding? 3. Describe the breed in three words. 4. What are your “must have” traits in this breed? 5. Who was your mentor and what did he/she teach you that you value most highly? 6. As the King of Terriers, the Airedale commands a special place in the Group ring. Do you think his size and presence enhance his chances of recognition? 7. What are the biggest health concerns facing the breed today? 8. What is the greatest challenge most new judges face when it comes to the Airedale? What is most misunderstood? 9. To which do you attach more importance: a win at an all-breed show or a win at a specialty? 10. Are there any traits in this breed you fear are becoming exaggerated? 11. What do you think new judges misunderstand about the breed? 12. Is there anything else you’d like to share about the breed? Please elaborate. 13. And, for a bit of humor: What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever experienced at a dog show? 14. If there is anything else you would like to add, please to feel free to do so. LINDA JARVIS

The breed in three words: King of terriers. The must have traits in this breed are good head planes, small eye and good tail set and rear conformation. Movement is of utmost concern. My mentor was Betty Hoisington of Eden Kennels, Cor- dova, Tennessee. She taught me how to line breed and how to choose my breeding stock. I believe the Airedale is occasionally lost in the group ring because he lacks the cuteness factor of the smaller showier dogs in the group. I believe new judges do a disservice by not sparring Aire- dales. They do not understand the value of judging this breed in a spar. It can be done safely and should be done to show true conformation. A win at a specialty is more important especially as many specialty shows choose Airedale breeders to judge. The funniest thing that ever happened to me was when I was showing in both conformation and obedience. I chose to wear a skirt. My Airedale in obedience put his whole head under my skirt and sat back wagging his tail. My face turned beet red as everyone laughed. DR. VALERIA RICKARD

We live in Northern Virginia, west of Washington DC. I work in a veteri- nary hospital and reproduction center. Besides work, I like to play tennis, travel, scuba dive and ski, plus my daughter keeps me busy with her activities. We have 30 years in dogs: 20 in show- ing, nine in judging and 19 in breeding. The breed in three words: King of Terriers.

I live in New Bern, North Carolina. I own a boarding kennel there named Lynaire Kennels and Crematory. We offer boarding, day care, grooming and have a pet crematory. It is a large kennel at 17,000 square feet. I built and opened the kennel in 1994. Prior to being in the kennel business, I managed Medical Practices for many years. The largest had over 100 employees and 10 surgeons and

Airedales must have an overall “regal” look. Specifically, a square body, long clean brick head, high tail set and a good quality coat. This “package” must be able put together cor- rectly so to have fluid effortless movement. I personally value most the consistency in type and the head expression. With all of the physical attributes consid- ered, the Airedale must have a temperament that is confident and proud in the show ring while allowing them to be a sta- ble, loving and trusted family member. Who was my mentor: there hasn’t been any “one person” in particular, but initially, I spoke to numerous handlers

PA’s. My degree is in Health Care Administration. I also enjoy reading, traveling and rving. I started in dogs in 1983. I began breeding in 1984 and have bred over 45 Champions. I have been judging some sweepstakes including Montgomery but have not yet pursued my judging license.

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