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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. To purposefully breed a dog outside of the breed standard is rarely ethical in our opinion, and demands an exceptionally well informed breeder with a specific purpose and exceptionally high breeding standards (rather than selecting breeding stock based primarily on size in order to breed with one focus: size).

“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 bred on farm in large quantities, as this type of breeding continued to meet the demand popularity created, Airedales of that decade became 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 often descended from those extra-large, poorly bred dogs of the 1930’s and may carry the genetics that causeĀ  the medical and behavioral problems that are all but extinct from today’s Airedales bred to standard by responsible breeders.

“Oorangs” Airedales are not infrequently surrendered to rescue. If you have you heart set on a larger Airedale, consider adoption.

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Lindsay • April 6, 2016

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  1. joanne gust May 5, 2017 - 3:14 pm Reply

    I have a rescue of perhaps a very large airdale. He is 16 months and weighs 105 pounds. They said he has papers but did not purchase the papers. He looks to me like a cross between airdale and Irish wolfhound. He has long tail does not shed but needs grooming every other day. He is a wonderful dog, very social but protective of me in the home. I would like to have him cut in airdale format but he looks so much like irish wolfhound I worry. Any comments or suggestions appreciated.

    • Mike MacDonald September 26, 2017 - 10:02 pm Reply

      I can tell you that if Dennis does get in a fight, Wolfhounds generally fight defensively, But if he goes for the middle of the other dogs back, it is serious as this is how they kill wolves. They’ll bite a wolfs back to kill it. In any dog fight, I suggest grabbing just ahead of the hind legs under the belly and squeezing real hard. This makes it difficult for the dog to bite hard and give you some control while keeping your hands out of the way. Realizing they can’t bite hard, they let go.
      Dog parks are the best. Most people that have had bad experiences aren’t able to understand what is really going on between the dogs..and the dogs aren’t telling. Most confrontations last only seconds with little or no damage.
      Over-reacting people hysterically screaming only escalates things.

  2. Mike MacDonald September 21, 2017 - 5:47 pm Reply

    I purchased my fourth Airedale and the last two I had, had best buddies that were Irish Wolfhounds. I think you have two great breeds in one. Airedales don’t mellow out until 2 to 2.5 years old. Wolfhounds are great dogs and the five I’ve known were all even tempered and mild. The play well with each other but are intimidating to other dogs because of their size, not their attitude. I’d be very interested to know how this dog works out for you.
    Mike MacDonald

  3. dale brogden October 23, 2017 - 12:54 pm Reply

    i had a airedale rottweiler mix body style was rott but had airedale hair. best dog i ever owned, no dog that tried him stood a chance,very gentle but if challenged was a hand full.

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