Extremely Rare Reds (less than 150 worldwide) as well as blacks and traditional black & tan Airedales
More info and photos at www.hkairedales.com!
Miss Abby and Kody's puppies at four weeks old.
Tonka, a red Airedale (above) stands 29 1/2 inches at the shoulder
High Kountry Airedales is located in northwestern Wyoming at about 25 miles east of Cody and 75 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. We are located about 40 miles east of Shoshone National Forest, the first national forest established in the U.S. Kennel visits are welcome as are questions.
Maintained at our rural residence, our Airedale kennel is a serious hobby for us and we love our dogs. The females are only bred once a year sometimes less often. We breed selectively for temperament and other attributes. The dogs exercise and play several times a day in the large dog runs which range from about 80 x 150 feet to 120 x 200 feet in size. Plastic wading pools are available to frolic in during the summer months. Quite a few of our Airedale Terriers love to play in the water.
In addition to loyal companions and loving family pets (and good obedience students), our Airedales have served as certified therapy dogs, search and rescue, cow dogs, and archaeology field dogs. Possessing considerable stamina, they often accompany us to work in a variety of settings ranging from the badlands to rugged mountains including grizzly bear habitats in Shoshone National Forest.
We operate a small archaeological consulting firm and our Airedales frequently accompany us into the field. This often involves extensive hiking in a variety of settings including oil/gas fields, rugged badlands, and scenic mountains including grizzly bear habitats.
I (Pat) broke my ankle/lower leg early this summer and underwent surgery (plates & screws). Quite protective, my black AIredale Mariah (photo left) is excellent to handle in the field; she will stop instantly if commanded to and not drag me down steeper trails or slopes. My buddy will also help pull me uphill if needed. Accustomed to encountering livestock and wildlife, she has worked with me since puppyhood in late 1999. I've also handled our Airedales (always leashed) in the field while on crutches and only partially weight bearing.
A Bit More on the Black and Red Airedales
Our Airedales are purebreds, not crossed with crossed with other breeds such as Labrador or Irish Terrier, etc. to produce the red and black colorations. AKC will not accept the black or red on the basis of color so these dogs are registered through States Kennel Club, an international registry. On very rare occasions, two black & tan Airedales will produce a black puppy. In the past, the breeders often either sold the black pup without papers or put the pup down trying to keep the incident a secret.
Research documents the black Airedales' existence back to at least World War I. They were used quite efficiently as a messenger dogs - their coloration rendering them virtually invisible at night. The red Airedales are exceedingly rare with less than 170 worldwide.
Photo of our beloved Roc who passed away in late September of 2006. A true Airedale and devoted companion, he will always be missed and never forgotten. He is the great-grandfather of our Black Magic.