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Sunshine Airedalers of Florida

Is an Airedale for me?

Quite often we have people ask, “What kind of dog is that?” When told it is an Airedale terrier, they comment on how cute he is. While it is true that they are cute and shed little, there is so much more to the breed and they are not for the novice dog owner.

Airedales are active, rowdy curious puppies. They need positive consistent training. Airedales are very intelligent and are versatile, they learn how to do many things quickly. They are independent thinkers and have that terrier stubborn streak.

Airedales are a hardworking, strong and powerful breed. And as with most terriers they also love to dig and have a high prey drive. They are active dogs that need to have their energy channeled into positive activities.

They will make you laugh with their comical playful ways. They are family-friendly loyal dogs, but their energy may be too much for the small or frail. Care needs to be taken when bringing an Airedale into a home with other small pets.

They are medium to large in size. Their coat requires regular brushing and grooming.

Airedales require their owners to be “on their toes” and remain one step ahead of them. They need a strong pack leader to train and guide them into the well-trained, socialized athletic companion they can be.


Spring Get Together

The Spring Get Together is Saturday March 24, 2018 from 11-2.  Our Theme is Nose Work.

The event will be at Stephanie Kleinman’s farm in Alachua Florida. Stephanie is also an AKC Judge. Dr. Cindy Ice will conduct the presentation on how to start your dog on the great sport of nosework.

K9 Nose Work is a fairly new recreational activity dog owners can enjoy with their canine companions. It evolved from the training professional scent detection dogs receive. Fun nose work encourages your dog's natural drive to hunt, coupled with her special talent for picking up scents and finding their source.

Please bring your own brown bag lunch. Water and soft drinks as well as napkins and cups will be provided. Those attending will also need to bring chairs and make sure your dogs are immunized etc. Please RSVP to Pat Bellis at:  Pbellis@gator.net or by phone at 352-281-0129.

 More details as well as directions to the event are available in the March Newsletter and SAF email that just went out..


Our Aireboy Teddy came to us as a two year old “wild child”. He was fostered by Linda and Tommy O’Connell who felt that Teddy would benefit from a household where there were consistent and strong pack leaders. Teddy also needed an environment where he was allowed to re-live being a puppy…. a phase that he missed out on in his previous home. Well, they were right. Teddy has been accepted by the O’Connell pack of three dogs as the irritating younger brother. Linda and Tommy have come to love Teddy and decided that he would join their family permanently. Aside from his penchant for toilet paper and his dislike of fireworks, Teddy has found his forever home.


2018 Airedale Rescue Calendars

You can order our 2018 Sunshine Airedalers Calendar now!

Donation per calendar is now only $10 including postage.

Please purchase by visiting our Boutique page and using the Donate button there.

Or send a check, made payable to Sunshine Airedalers of FL, indicating the number of calendars you wish to order to:

Lorrie Tisdelle, Treasurer
7611 Lawrence Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33436

The mission of Sunshine Airedalers of Florida is to rescue, provide needed medical care, and find new, approved forever homes for those Airedale Terriers who are in need of help.


    We care committed to the successful placement of rescue dogs. We take pains to ensure that each dog admitted to our program finds a wonderful, permanent home. Please visit our Adoption page to learn more.

  • HELP

    We’re here to help! Please visit our Help page to find resources and information regarding Airedales and their care, including what to do if you’ve found a stray or need to rehome your Airedale.