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Benefits of ATCA Membership

Membership in a breed club offers many benefits, to both the breed and the club members. A club offers a venue in which dogs may be exhibited and judged according to the breed standard and it offers club members an opportunity to keep up with the latest breed news and to learn from one another. The Airedale Terrier Club of America is a case in point.

The ATCA is the parent club and official voice for the Airedale breed in the United States. It was founded in 1900 and currently has nearly 850 members from almost every state and many foreign countries. Its goal is to promote the selective breeding of quality Airedale Terriers, to define and maintain a written breed standard, to encourage and promote this standard and to advance the interest of the Airedale Terrier by supporting shows, exhibitions and matches.

Each year the club publishes an official membership roster and information booklet. The official newsletter, "The American Airedale" is a magazine published quarterly as a courtesy to members. It contains entertaining and informative articles that underscore the official conformation standard of the Airedale Terrier and celebrate the all-around versatility of the breed in hunting and performance activities. The American Airedale keeps members abreast of issues affecting the Airedale and the dog world in general. Members receive the newsletter as part of their membership. It is also available to non-members for an annual subscription rate of $18. To subscribe send check or money order (payable in US funds only) with your name, mailing address, and e-mail address to The American Airedale, Circulation Dept., 9762 - 230th Street E. , Lakeville, MN 55044. For additional information, e-mail Dick Schlict, Database Administrator ( Press This Link to Email ). The club also offers an excellent selection of publications dealing with care, grooming and health of the Airedale which can be found on the ATCA Online Shopping site, http://www.shopping.Airedale.org.

Recently, interest in using the Airedale as a hunting dog has increased. The Airedale was originally bred for hunting otter and river rat, so it is a natural swimmer and has a tremendous scenting ability. Club members who wish to emphasize the Airedale's original skills are sponsoring workshops and field trials for Airedales that are trained in tracking, upland bird hunting and retrieving. If you want to have a say in issues that affect your breed, changes in the standard, or approval of new activities, for instance, club membership is important.

By Dorren Heffernan
Adapted from "Dog Fancy" magazine by permission of the author.


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

ATCA objectives are:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To educate judges about the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club.
  4. 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 ATCA's 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 beginning upon receipt of the annual Dues Renewal Packet sometime in June and must be paid by September 1. A late penalty will be incurred for dues paid after September 1 and those members whose dues are not paid by November 1st, are considered terminated.

 Application for Membership:

An application form may be requested from our Club Secretary, any Board member or may be downloaded HERE .

Each applicant must fill out and sign an application form and obtain the sponsoring signature of at least two ATCA members who are not family members and who are from different households and in good standing with the Club. Two names may not appear on the same application form. Dual Memberships, such as "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 Membership Coordinator 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, fosters 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 the ATCA's Online Shopping Site http://www.shopping.Airedale.org . 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 more than 100 years old. Their common bond of devoted interest in the Airedale Terrier has forged life long friendships for many.

For a membership application in Adobe Acrobat PDF format click below (you will need Adobe Acrobat installed as a plug in to your browser to print it out - download it FREE with link below).

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