Linda Jarvis, an AKC Breeder of Merit, started breeding Airedale Terriers in 1984. A resident of New Bern, NC, Linda is a past president and current board member of the Airedale Terrier Club of America and is very active in the sport of dogs, attending seminars and judging.
AKC: How did you get started in breeding dogs?
Linda: I began breeding after a lovely female I purchased from the Eden Kennel in Memphis, Tennessee, did some significant winning. Her wins included a Best in Sweeps at Montgomery Kennel Club and a Best of Opposite the following year, also at Montgomery Kennel Club. Everyone asked how I planned to breed her. It had never occurred to me to breed her so I went back to my mentor and did exactly what she told me to do!
AKC: What is the most important thing to know about Airedale Terriers?
Linda: Airedales are a wonderful breed but they are NOT for everyone! They have a lot of energy, get bored with repetition, and will create their own fun if it is not provided. They are intelligent, thinking dogs and require a lot of patience in training. If you take the time, you will be rewarded with a funny, loving companion.
AKC: What is your favorite question to ask of potential puppy buyers?
Linda: I always ask, “Why do you want an Airedale?” Then I listen. I am always looking for owners with experience with the breed and certainly people who are warm and display a sense of humor.
AKC: What are the main qualities you look for in potential owners?
Linda: I especially like potential puppy buyers to have some history with this breed. Fortunately, many do, and once an Airedale owner, always an Airedale owner.
Things they must have if they are thinking of getting an Airedale:
- A good sense of humor and a willingness to forgive and forget
- A fenced yard as Airedales can suffer from selective hearing
- A schedule that works for both of you
AKC: How has AKC Marketplace helped you find puppy buyers?
Linda: The AKC Marketplace is a big help to me because often people have no idea how to find a reputable breeder.
AKC: What is the best advice you would give to novice breeders?
Linda: I occasionally have mentored novice breeders. My advice to a new breeder would be to find an experienced mentor. If possible, ask them to be present at the first whelping. It is quite a daunting task to go through alone. There is an excellent Facebook group that helps with any questions you have and is judgment-free: Canine Fertility, Reproduction and Neonatal issues.
AKC: Do your dogs participate in AKC sports?
Linda: My dogs have been shown in conformation and in obedience. I was blessed to win our national specialty in 2017 with Grand Ch. Lynaire Pirate Queen. I have not personally participated in hunting, agility or Barn Hunt competitions, but many with their Airedales have, with great success.
AKC: What do you like best about breeding dogs?
Linda: What I enjoy most about breeding dogs is the people I have met. I enjoy teaching them about our wonderful breed, and in many cases, making lifetime friends. Many people are now returning for their third and fourth Lynaire dog, and it is great to see their families grow.
AKC: Do you have a favorite breeding story?
Linda: I believe my favorite breeding story is a time I was assisting a new mom with my arm in a full cast as I had fallen and fractured it the day before the birth! I am sure that was quite a sight.
Learn more about Linda’s dogs on the AKC Marketplace.