History of Airedales in Australia

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Airedale Terriers were first imported into Victoria, Australia in 1890 just 7 years after they were first recognized in the UK, and have been bred and exhibited here continuously ever since. This section covers the history of Airedale Terriers in Australia since those first imports and includes most of the major Australian breeders and kennels.

Despite the strong history of Airedales in Australia, to our knowledge a complete history has never been compiled. So I have personally taken on this responsibility to do so on this site. This project represents not only my passion, but also the passion of many who preceded me. It has involved not only my own personal research, but also stories, photographs and precious breed paraphernalia that has been entrusted to me over the years. By publishing all the information I already have to hand, I hope to stimulate others to contribute to this project. As my personal involvement in Airedales has spanned 48 years, Rangeaire Airedales its own unique section.

Four Generations

Rangeaire Airedale Terriers (Vic 1960 - 2000)

Rangeaire Airedales, owned by myself (Jane Harvey) in partnership with my husband Bob was a part of my life for nearly 50 years. During this time they have had had a major influence on Airedales both in Australia and overseas. Rangeaire produced 72 individual Airedales bred in a 10-generation direct line that earned 82 Championship titles, as well as owning ... »» Read more...

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The First Airedales in Australia (1890 - 1920)

In the 1890's around a dozen people were involved in the initial importing and/or breeding Airedales in Australia. The information on these early importers and breeders and indeed the dogs themselves is rather sketchy. However, this page demonstrates that Airedales were introduced into Australia just 7 years after they were first shown under the name 'Airedale' in England and then ... »» Read more...

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Early Airedales in Victoria (1921-1950)

There were numerous people involved in Airedales during this time and the Airedale Terrier Club of Victoria was founded in 1930. When you consider that the world was in depression in the 1930's, it is quite remarkable that Airedales prospered the way they did during this period. Those who had Kennels or on whom I have sufficient information have their ... »» Read more...

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Other Early Airedales (1920 - 1950)

There were numerous people around Australia involved in Airedales during this time and when you consider that the world was in depression in the 1930's, it is quite remarkable that Airedales prospered the way they did during this period. This section includes information I have so far to hand on some of these other people. »» Read more...

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Victorian Airedales Since 1950

Since 1950 Victoria has continued to be the dominant state for breeding and showing airedales. One of the biggest kennels was Rangeaire which has its own section. This section includes information on other kennels I have so far to hand, each with their own dedicated page. »» Read more...

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Other Airedales in Australia (since 1950)

Many Airedale breeders started off with dogs from Victoria. Though initially, before air travel became the usual way to transport dogs to Australia and across it. So historically many more Airedales were bred within locally the various Australian States than elsewhere. Although today travel is much easier, I have included here the information I have so far to hand. »» Read more...


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