Our Mission Statement:

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

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Airedales are intelligent, hearty and extraordinary hunters.

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About HWA Airedales

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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.

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

In 2015 HWA celebrated it's 30th year... and our 31st Field Nationals were held in Sept. 2016.


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

31st HWA Field Natls

... were held September 9–11, 2016

at Holly HIlls Game Preserve,

near Chillicothe, Ohio.


2016 HWA Field Natls report click here2