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"Oorang" Airedales

A healthy airedale will be approximately 22-24 inches at the shoulder. Beware of breeders boasting that they breed extra large or "Oorang" Airedales-- the Airedale breed standard is 22-24 inches.

To purposefully breed a dog outside of the standards set by experts and enthusiasts who have invested their life in the breed is to destroy the breed's purity and tradition.

"Oorang" airedales trace their lineage to the lowest point in the history of the breed: During the 1930's airedales were the number one breed in America and England. In the American southwest, Airedales were farmed like livestock and due to irresponsible breeding grew larger, developed aggressive tenancies, and began exhibiting genetic problems. Generations of careful breeding and relative unpopularity have returned the Airedale to the medium-large, even-tempered, working-minded, healthy dog the original nineteenth century breeders intended.

Dogs sold as "Oorang" Airedales today are descended from those extra-large, poorly bred dogs of the 1930's and tend to carry the medical and behavioral problems that are all but extinct from today's Airedales bred to standard by responsible breeders.

Because of the various problems of "Oorangs" they are frequently surrendered to rescue. If you have you heart set on a larger Airedale, consider adoption rather than support an breeder propagating these lines.








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