Welcome to the world of Hunting and Working Airedales. Let us introduce you to the outstanding qualities and innate hunting instincts of the "king" of all sporting dogs.
Mission HWA is dedicated to preserving and promoting the Airedale Terrier as a versatile hunting and working companion dog.
fame as a big-game hunter in the American West soon grew his reputation
as big as Pecos Bill’s. In WWI the Airedale’s courage and strength
favored him among war dogs used as sentries and messengers.
By the 1920’s and 30’s, the Airedale was the most popular breed in the United States.
Over time, demographics and society changed, and the Airedale's
popularity shifted to a much smaller fan base that maintained the breed
mainly as companions and home protectors.
the past thirty+ years, Airedale fanciers have been working to restore
attention to the breed’s original purpose as a versatile hunting dog. Through
the efforts of the Airedale Terrier Club of America and Hunting Working
Airedales, Inc., the Airedale has regained its recognition in the
sporting dog community. Airedales now may now compete and earn titles in
AKC Spaniel Hunt Tests and UKC-based Hunting Retriever Club (HRC) Hunt
Tests, as well as Airedale-only hunt tests.
To the owners who choose Airedales as
their hunting companions, 'our' breed of choice brings with it great
versatility as a three-in-one gundog – as well as possessing a unique,
multi-dimensional personality and the strength of character that makes
him both the home protector and, undoubtedly, "the family clown".
Always striving to educate newcomers, encourage experienced dog owners to "go to the next level" and increase interest in our breed's hunting & working talents, we'd like to organize even more regional events. Please contact us if you’d like to help plan or work on a HWA eventin your area.