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About The Airedale Terrier Club of America


 ATCA Objectives:

The Airedale Terrier Club of America ( ATCA ), founded in 1900, is the parent club of the breed in the United States and the official spokes-organization for the breed with the American Kennel Club. The ATCA's constitutional objectives are:

  • To encourage and promote quality in the breeding of pure-bred Airedale Terriers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.

  • To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which the breed shall be judged.

  • To educate judges about the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club.

  • To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, obedience and agility trials, field and hunting events, and other types of performance competitions; and to support rescue/adoption activities.

 Membership Eligibility and Dues:

The ATCA welcomes to full membership, all persons 18 years of age or older, who are in good standing with the AKC and who subscribe to the ATCA¹s purposes and objectives. Full membership dues are $25(US) per person per year. Junior and Associate memberships are also offered at reduced dues rates. There is an annual surcharge (amount depending on location) for those who live outside of the United States and its Territories. A $5(US) initiation fee also applies to all new applications. The Club year begins on July 1, each year and concludes June 30, the following year. Dues are payable by September 1, and those whose dues are unpaid after November 1, are considered terminated.

 Application for Membership:

An application form may be downloaded HERE or may be obtained from our Club Membership Coordinator.

Each applicant must fill out and sign an application form and obtain the sponsoring signature of at least two ATCA members in good standing. Each applicant must use a separate application form. Dual Memberships, as for 'Mr. & Mrs. John Doe' are not allowed unless two membership fees are paid. While dues are payable by each person, the address surcharge is payable per address each year. Initiation fees are payable one time only per application form. Completed forms and all applicable fees must be sent to the coordinator must be sent to the Coordinator (Carol Spencer, 7821 East Charter Oak Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 - Ph. ( 602 ) 999-4270 ) and will be considered by the Executive Committee in accordance with the approval policy that has been approved by the Board of Directors.

 Club Activities:

The Airedale Terrier Club of America promotes the pure-bred Airedale Terrier by encouraging the exhibiting of Airedales at shows throughout the United States. It offers trophies and sponsors specialty shows, fostering fellowship and good sportsmanship among dog lovers. Activities and educational programs are developed through the interest of Club members and special projects are programmed in many areas. The ATCA has printed pamphlets about the Airedale and his training and care. It also publishes a yearbook every 10 years, recording Airedale history and featuring photographs of the champions of the decade and memorials to great Airedales and beloved deceased members of the ATCA. These publications, and others, are available for sale from ATCA Online Shopping. The ATCA also places ads in nationally distributed Dog World, Dog Fancy, and AKC Gazette magazines which offer its publications and a free list of Club members to the public. The ATCA endeavors to give assistance to all those who ask.

Membership in the Airedale Terrier Club of America affiliates the member with a national association that is nearly 100 years old. The common bond of devoted interest in the Airedale Terrier has forged life long friendships for many.

Please browse through our website to learn more about Airedales and our club.

For more information, contact the ATCA Secretary:

For ATCA information:

Shirley VanOver, secretary

For Puppy referral, breed mentors:

Patty Gregg

For health questions:

Karen Copley

For membership questions:

Dick Schlicht

For legislative info:

Barbara McNeil

MCKC information:

Virginia Latham Smith

For Website/Shopping info:

Jackie Noel

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