Our Mission Statement:

HWA, Inc. is dedicated to maintaining and promoting the Airedale Terrier as a versatile hunting and working companion dog.

Airedale Companion Hunter
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Airedales are intelligent, hearty and extraordinary hunters.

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About HWA Airedales

Website created & maintained by Andrea Shaw • andrea@callmyadagency.com

The roots of the Hunting Working Airedales, Inc. [HWA] organization grew from friendships among members of the Airedale Terrier Club of America (ATCA) who used their Airedales for recreational hunting.


Three ATCA member breeders were instrumental in promoting the renewed interest in hunting Airedales:  Stephen Gilbert (Ohio); E. Forbes Gordon (Texas); and Simon “Park” Peters (Michigan).

By 1985 the three men had determined that there was significant interest among their fellow Airedale breeders to explore to what extent the Airedale maintained the hunting instincts and abilities of the breed’s founding stock. At the ATCA’s 1985 General Meeting, a motion was approved for the formation of the ATCA Hunting/Working Committee.  


The first official action of the ATCA Hunting/Working Committee was to request that the American Kennel Club admit Airedales to AKC Hunt Tests. Airedale breeders valued AKC recognition of Airedales as hunting dogs because hunting was part of the breed’s heritage. In addition, AKC hunt titles earned by Airedales would appear on AKC pedigrees, and thus take their place with any conformation or performance titles earned.


The American Kennel Club declined to open its Hunt Tests to Airedales, but suggested that the Hunting/Working  (H/W) Committee develop its own hunt test using AKC Hunt Tests as models.  

In 1986 the H/W Committee held its first national Hunting/Working Weekend. This event brought together Airedales and owners interested in testing the breed’s versatility in hunting upland game, waterfowl, and raccoon. Through the H/W Weekends (and year-long efforts between them) the H/W Committee pursued the goal of promoting Airedale hunting activities.


By 1989 the H/W Committee instituted AKC-approved “Guidelines for Experimental Hunt Tests.” Those guidelines, and further consultations with AKC officials, led to the development AKC-approved official ATCA Hunt Tests and Hunt Titles in 1993.

The annual H/W Weekends, which would later alternately be called “H/W Nationals”  and eventually, “Airedale Field Nationals,” provided the opportunity for Airedale owners to learn from sporting dog experts invited to conduct workshops and judge the tests. The input of the gun dog experts was instrumental in the steady improvement of participating Airedales and their handlers. Many Airedales earned ATCA-sponsored Hunt Test Titles in Upland Game (Flushing), Retrieving, and Fur (tracking raccoons).

In 2000, the ATCA Hunting/Working Committee presented the AKC with a fully-developed “Proposal for Admittance of Airedales Terriers to AKC Hunt Tests.” It was denied. Airedalers did not give up.


In 2007, the Hunting Working Airedales, Inc. organization was incorporated separately by the then-members of the ATCA Hunting/Working Committee. By 2009, after almost 25 years of continuous effort, the HWA members applauded the achievement of their long-term goals of having Airedales admitted to both the UKC’s Hunting Retriever Hunt Test program and the AKC’s Spaniel Hunt Test Programs.

We invite you to visit the Spotlight On AKC/HRC Title Holders section of this website to meet some Airedales whose accomplishments are re-establishing our breed as a hunting dog in the eyes of the wider sporting dog world. Check out our website’s listings of Hunt Test Titled Airedales to see a comprehensive listing of Airedales with hunt test titles, many of them also proudly earning a variety of performance titles in obedience or agility venues.


Are you looking for an Airedale hunting companion? Check out the Breeder Referral section of our website. Do you support what Hunting Working Airedales is accomplishing? Please consider becoming a member. Would you like to meet more Airedales and join in Airedale field events? We cordially invite you to participate.


If you love Airedales in the field, "action" – and  fun – our club is for you.

Airedales are intelligent, hearty and extraordinary hunters.

About HWA Airedales

The roots of the Hunting Working Airedales, Inc. [HWA] organization grew from friendships among members of the Airedale Terrier Club of America (ATCA) who used their Airedales for recreational hunting.


Three ATCA member breeders were instrumental in promoting the renewed interest in hunting Airedales:  Stephen Gilbert (Ohio); E. Forbes Gordon (Texas); and Simon “Park” Peters (Michigan).

By 1985 the three men had determined that there was significant interest among their fellow Airedale breeders to explore to what extent the Airedale maintained the hunting instincts and abilities of the breed’s founding stock. At the ATCA’s 1985 General Meeting, a motion was approved for the formation of the ATCA Hunting/Working Committee.  


The first official action of the ATCA Hunting/Working Committee was to request that the American Kennel Club admit Airedales to AKC Hunt Tests. Airedale breeders valued AKC recognition of Airedales as hunting dogs because hunting was part of the breed’s heritage. In addition, AKC hunt titles earned by Airedales would appear on AKC pedigrees, and thus take their place with any conformation or performance titles earned.


The American Kennel Club declined to open its Hunt Tests to Airedales, but suggested that the Hunting/Working  (H/W) Committee develop its own hunt test using AKC Hunt Tests as models.  

In 1986 the H/W Committee held its first national Hunting/Working Weekend. This event brought together Airedales and owners interested in testing the breed’s versatility in hunting upland game, waterfowl, and raccoon. Through the H/W Weekends (and year-long efforts between them) the H/W Committee pursued the goal of promoting Airedale hunting activities.


By 1989 the H/W Committee instituted AKC-approved “Guidelines for Experimental Hunt Tests.” Those guidelines, and further consultations with AKC officials, led to the development AKC-approved official ATCA Hunt Tests and Hunt Titles in 1993.

The annual H/W Weekends, which would later alternately be called “H/W Nationals”  and eventually, “Airedale Field Nationals,” provided the opportunity for Airedale owners to learn from sporting dog experts invited to conduct workshops and judge the tests. The input of the gun dog experts was instrumental in the steady improvement of participating Airedales and their handlers. Many Airedales earned ATCA-sponsored Hunt Test Titles in Upland Game (Flushing), Retrieving, and Fur (tracking raccoons).

In 2000, the ATCA Hunting/Working Committee presented the AKC with a fully-developed “Proposal for Admittance of Airedales Terriers to AKC Hunt Tests.” It was denied. Airedalers did not give up.


In 2007, the Hunting Working Airedales, Inc. organization was incorporated separately by the then-members of the ATCA Hunting/Working Committee. By 2009, after almost 25 years of continuous effort, the HWA members applauded the achievement of their long-term goals of having Airedales admitted to both the UKC’s Hunting Retriever Hunt Test program and the AKC’s Spaniel Hunt Test Programs.

We invite you to visit the Spotlight On AKC/HRC Title Holders section of this website to meet some Airedales whose accomplishments are re-establishing our breed as a hunting dog in the eyes of the wider sporting dog world. Check out our website’s listings of Hunt Test Titled Airedales to see a comprehensive listing of Airedales with hunt test titles, many of them also proudly earning a variety of performance titles in obedience or agility venues.


Are you looking for an Airedale hunting companion? Check out the Breeder Referral section of our website. Do you support what Hunting Working Airedales is accomplishing? Please consider becoming a member. Would you like to meet more Airedales and join in Airedale field events? We cordially invite you to participate.


If you love Airedales in the field, "action" – and  fun – our club is for you.

Bonding, learning, encouragement,

fun and success…That's what HWA's

events are all about!

Companion Airedale

Every year, Airedales and their owners proudly achieve even more titles & accolades.

HWA's 32nd Field Nationals will be held Sept. 8th-10th, 2017.

Tuck - owned-handled by Diane Cullen

At our 2016 Fun In The Field

weekend event, "Tuck", owned/handled by Diane Cullen,

spies the racccoon cage in the tree

-– a first for this year old pup.

HWA's spring event (Fun in the Field)

is held annually at Holly Hills Game Preserve.


Want to learn more about what goes on?

Click on the box above to see LAST YEAR'S (2016) event photos!

2016 Fun In the Field - click to see photos

Click above to open a 2016 Fun in the Field pix-page.

(A PDF doc will open in a separate window)

2017 Fun In the Field pix-page link clickbox

Our 2017

Fun in the Field weekend

again took place at

Holly Hills Game Preserve,

on April 8-9, 2017.

An "action-packed"

PHOTO-COLLAGE PAGE

can be viewed by

clicking on the link at right.

PLEASE VISIT OUR EVENTS', FIELD NATIONALS' PAGES & OUR LATEST PHOTOS' PAGES.

Our weekend events are always full of excitement, accomplishments & camaraderie ~ and fun is had by all!

32nd HWA Natls Premium List click here
ATCA 2017 Fur Tracking-Trailing test premium click

The Airedale Terrier Club of America

will be hosting a Fur Tracking & Trailing Test

at HWA's 32nd Field Nationals.

To open the