We are Steve and Louise Lehrer, and are hobby breeders of Airedale Terriers. We have been breeding Airedales on a limited basis since the mid 1980's. We exhibit our Airedales in AKC conformation shows and have shown many to their championship. Steve is a retired educator and Louise is an R.N. working as an Assistant Director of Nursing at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Wisconsin. We got started in Airedales while living in Northern California for a number of years. We relocated to rural Wisconsin in 2004 in search of a calmer lifestyle, less traffic and to be near family.
We have a litter of Airedale puppies every year and a half or so, on average. Although we are looking for our next prospective show pup when we breed a litter, more than 80% of our puppies will be loving family companion pups. Our pups are whelped in our home, and spend their first weeks in our kitchen or family room with constant human contact and are well socialized. The puppies' mother is always with the puppies or nearby the first 8 weeks of their lives.
We only breed fully adult Airedales that are free of disease or hereditary disorders to the best of our knowledge. Both parents are almost always AKC Champions, and always guaranteed to be x-rayed free of hip dysplasia through OFA or PennHip certification. We breed Airedales according to the AKC Airedale Standard and subscribe to The Airedale Terrier Club of America Breeder Code of Ethics.
Why should a puppy buyer care if a puppy were from Champion show quality parents when they are looking for a companion puppy, and not interested in showing their pup? An AKC Champion dog is not just a "pretty face", but a dog that has gone through rigorous evaluation by many different well-known breeder judges, and found worthy. These champions have traveled to many shows, been exposed to many situations and stresses, and poked and prodded by strangers. As a result, they have to be temperamentally as well as physically sound. We believe these dogs are best qualified to produce quality pups for the next generation of Airedale Terriers that look and behave like a good Airedale should.