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Bear – Arizona

Bear is a sweet and loving 9 year old neutered male Airedale. 
His owner died and friends got Bear to Airedale Rescue.  Bear is a people dog and loves to be loved on. Everyone who meets Bear comments on how sweet and friendly he is.  It is obvious from some of the photos that he loves car rides.

What we have been told about Bear’s past life.

  • He lived with and loves cats. 
  • He was harrassed by neighbor dogs. As a result, Bear is reactive towards other dogs. 

Bear was very matted and stinky when he was rescued and had to be shaved down.  Once his hair grows back, he will be very handsome.  He is pretty skinny right now.  His proper weight is around 75 lbs.

Bear is looking for a home with no other dogs and a large secure yard. Because we have no knowledge of whether he has been around children, only respectful older children will be considered. 

Bear is up to date on all vaccinations and is microchipped.

If you are interested in adopting, please read through the Adoption Procedure and complete an Adoption Application.



Andy is living in a Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue foster home in Phoenix, Arizona. Only families in the Phoenix metro area will be considered. Please read entire listing before contacting us.

Andy is a four month old puppy. As with all puppies, he has loads of energy but has a fairly mild temperament. He gets along with other dogs, walks fairly well on a leash and is partially house trained.

We don’t know the puppy’s parentage. His adult size could be anything from 55 lbs. to 100 lbs.

Our puppies are family pets that live inside of the family home.

Puppies are only placed in homes with a youthful, adult resident dog of at least medium size that will play gently, but actively, with the puppy. This gives the puppy a mentor and a solid foundation for becoming part of the family.

Puppies are only adopted to a family where the applicant is at home at least part of the day. If no adult is home for 6-8 hours at a time, please do not apply.

Puppies will not be placed where there are small children in the home. Older children who are respectful of a dog’s boundaries will be considered, but please remember that Airedale puppies have very sharp teeth and nothing within reach is off limits from play or chewing.

The family will need to start basic training immediately.

Preference is always given to those with Airedale experience.

Applicants must have secure, visible fencing and a socialization and training plan in place.

Applicant’s current pets must be up to date on vaccines & heartworm/flea prevention and be altered.

The puppy will be placed under a foster-to-adopt contract until he is old enough to be neutered, which will be done at Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue’s expense, by their vet.

To be considered for this puppy, fill out an application. Adoption is not first come, first served. Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue and its fosters work diligently to find the right fit for each and every unique dog and puppy.

Adoption fee: $450

Hugo (Metro Phoenix, Arizona) FOSTERED

UPDATE: Hugo is in the perfect foster home.

Hugo needs a single female foster/adoptive home in the metropolitan Phoenix area with a securely fenced yard. You must be willing to continue Hugo’s current training. Hugo currently lives with a non-reactive small older dog, so he MIGHT be able to live with another non-reactive dog, but introductions with the trainer would be necessary.

Hugo is approximately 5 years old, 65#, neutered, housebroken, microchipped and up to date on all vaccinations. Hugo is calm in the house, although he gets excited at mealtime and would jump up and down if his owner didn’t insist that he sit quietly to wait.

Hugo has to be reminded not to rush through doorways. He is improving, but this is another area that needs to be consistently enforced.

In November 2021, we were contacted by a woman in Tucson who worked with a rescue in Mexico.  They had a 5 year old Airedale that was turned in because the owner could not afford to care for him. Hugo was emaciated and ill. SWAT agreed to take Hugo in to our rescue, but he was too ill to travel. The Mexico rescue treated him until he was healthy enough in January to make the trip, although he was still emaciated and had sarcoptic mange, parasites, etc. Once he came to SWAT he stayed with our vet for about a month. After good nutrition and medical care, he gained weight, grew some of his hair back and looked better. 

We placed him in a foster to adopt home, but he was/is dog reactive when being walked, and the folks who took him on really did not have the ability to deal with training him or taking on a project dog, although they were very enthusiastic about doing the work needed on this special needs boy.

Hugo then spent a month with trainer Toni Drugmand to work on his dog aggression. While in training, he met with a couple who fell for him and adopted him. 

The couple have continued Hugo’s training and love him very much. Sadly, for some unknown reason, Hugo is terrified of the husband.  There is no logical reason that this man would cause fear as he has a very calm, relaxed personality. 

Hugo was fine with the man in the first home and has been fine with other men he has met.

The adopters have worked with trainers, their veterinarian, and a behaviorist, to no avail. Hugo is currently on anti anxiety medication to cope with the fear, but that is not working either. Hugo’s current family feel it is unfair to Hugo to keep him given the constant anxiety he is experiencing.  They say that he likes children and  likes other men, but cowers and becomes overly submissive with this man in particular.  The behaviorist suggested that he fears the “alpha male” of the house or this specific man possibly because the man reminds him of some past trauma.  

The family says Hugo is otherwise a very well trained good boy,  He will walk by other dogs now without reacting, as long as the other dog is not reactive. If the other dog does react, Hugo is instantly ready to take him on.

We are thinking that a female home is what will work for him, and are seeking a willing foster home. He currently lives with a smaller non reactive older female Tibetan spaniel.  He spent a few days in training sessions with his current companion.    We would pay for lessons with Toni Drugmond to make sure introductions go well.

If you are interested in Hugo, please complete an application.

If you are interested and have already submitted an application, please contact us to let us know you are interested in Hugo.

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Missy – Arizona – ADOPTED

Photo of AiredaleADOPTED!

Missy is a BIG beautiful Airedale girl (75#).  Sadly, at the age of 7 years, she lost the only home she had known because one of her owners died and the other had to move into a home where Missy was not welcome.  She is very affectionate and loves meeting new people. She is easy to walk and doesn’t react to other dogs. She loves to play with other dogs and is a noisy player.

She loves playing with toys. She would like you to throw them for her and play tug. Typical of most Airedales, she does not fetch! She loves to have you spray her with water. She wants to grab the hose, so you need to toss a toy to keep her from doing that. She may like swimming (we don’t have a pool to test that).

She is playful, but calm. She is fostered with other Airedales and someone who is home most of the time, but we believe she would probably be fine on her own during the day if you work as long as you have the time before and after work to give her lots of attention. She would probably be fine with older children who know how to treat an older gal gently.

Missy is sensitive about having her feet and hind end touched by strangers. Now that she has gotten to know her foster mom, she LOVES being massaged, but you need to let vets and groomers know they should be cautious.

Missy is currently located in Tucson, Arizona. She is spayed, housebroken, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations.  She requires medication for spay incontinence.

Photo of AiredalePhoto of Airedal

Edison of Arizona – ADOPTED

Edison of Arizona

Meet Edison

Airedale Edison's Sweet Face

October 1, 2017:  When 11 month old puppy Airedale Edison came in to rescue, he was limping and it was obvious that there was something very wrong with his left rear leg. Instead of being straight, it bent outwards at the ankle. An x-ray revealed that he had sustained an injury to the fibula at the “ankle” end which stopped the growth plate. The tibia (inner leg bone) kept growing, resulting in the lower part of his leg twisting to the outside.  

X-Ray of Airedale Edison's rear legs










The leg could be repaired by what is known as a corrective osteotomy where a wedge of bone is removed, the bone is straightened and the leg is pinned in the correct position.  Once the bone heals, the dog should be able to do anything any other dog can do, without limitations.  It is a tricky surgery because there is not much room for the pins at the ankle joint.  It is also of utmost importance to keep the dog from doing too much before the bone has healed.  Because of his very young age, we decided to go forward with the surgery.

Edison is Adopted

March 19, 2018 The surgery was a great success!  We wish Edison and his new family a long and happy life!!

Airedale Edison in his new home






Izzy in Arizona – ADOPTED


Izzy is a five year old, well behaved lady whose family was unable to keep her. She has a moderate amount of energy, she loves to walk, but needs a little work on her leash skills. Izzy gets along with other dogs in the home and at the dog park. She has a gentle mouth and takes treats politely. Izzy is a big girl and could stand to lose about 15 pounds. She has a lot of love and deserves a good family to cuddle with. Izzy is spayed, microchipped, up to date on all vaccinations and is housetrained. She is currently being fostered in Peoria, Arizona.



If you have an application in with Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue, please let us know that you are interested in Izzy. For all others, please complete an application (link above).  Prior to adoption, an application with references and a home visit will need to be done.



Hank in Arizona – ADOPTED!


Hank8-30-2016 Update.  ADOPTED!!
Hank is a very sweet, but very energetic, 5 year old neutered, 68 lb., male Airedale. His owners’ lives have changed drastically since they got Hank. They now each work 45-50 hours per week, have a 2 year old son and another baby on the way.

Hank has always been a well loved, well cared for, house dog, but it doesn’t look like he has had much, if any, training and he is bursting with excess energy because of a lack of exercise.

He is fine with other dogs .. he apparently lived with another dog and is used to going to dog parks.

Hank GroomedHank is neutered, microchipped, up to date on all vaccinations and is housetrained. He is currently n Glendale, Arizona.




Puppy with Broken LegUPDATE:  Thank you to the Matson family for fostering Monty through his long recovery. The Matsons have fallen in love with Monty and have adopted him.
This poor little man was brought to a vet clinic to be euthanized after he broke his leg. The story the owners gave the clinic was that he was in his kennel run, they were feeding the horses and somehow he got so excited that he broke his leg??? Thankfully, the staff at the clinic reached out and found Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue. Luckily, it was a fairly simple break, although a pin was required. We would love to find a quiet adult home for him to recuperate close enough to our vet in Glendale, Arizona, to take him in for checkups. He is only 14 months old, so it is going to be tough to keep him quiet …. no children, no other pets. 

Before sending an inquiry, please read the “How to Adopt” policies on our website www.swairedalerescue.org

We place Airedales in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.  We prefer to place the dogs locally, if possible.   We require a completed application, home visit and veterinary references.

Polly in Arizona – ADOPTED


Polly and her new brother playing Bitey Face

Polly is a five year old, 58 lb., spayed, healthy and energetic girl.   She was too much for her elderly owners, who sadly decided she needed a chance at a better life.  She is very friendly, affectionate and loves to be loved.  She wants to be close to her humans wherever they are, inside or out, but is okay on her own as long as she has had lots of exercise.  She would probably be fine with kids, except that she still jumps and mouths at your hands a little when she is excited in anticipation of a walk or dinner. She is getting much better, but no little kids or elderly in the home until she has had some training.Polly

Polly enjoys hunting lizards with her foster family’s Airedales and would not be safe with cats, birds, or other small rapidly moving critters.
She loves going for walks, car rides and trips to the dog park.  Polly
Polly has a beautiful thick coat and luxurious furnishings, which unfortunately had to be shaved off because of the mats.

Polly is currently being fostered in Tucson, Arizona.

If you have an application in with Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue, please let us know that you are interested in Polly. For all others, please complete an application (link above).  An application with vet references and a home visit are required.



Curly – Arizona – ADOPTED


Here’s Curly!  He’s a big (70#) happy friendly young Airedale (estimated to be about 2.5 years old). He was purchased to be trained as a drug detection dog.  Apparently drug detection dogs will do anything for a ball and will hunt for it relentlessly.  Curly will play fetch a couple of times and then decide that some scent is more interesting.  (Wow .. sounds like the Airedales I know!)
Unfortunately, he is NOT cat friendly.
He is now neutered, up to date on all vaccinations and has been cleared of Valley Fever, tick fever and heartworm. ADOPTED

If you have an application in with us, please let us know if you are interested in Curly.  He is currently in Phoenix, Arizona.