Oorang Airedale Terriers
Oorang Airedale Terrier
I occasionally read comments to the effect that there is no such thing as a Oorang Airedale or Mountain Airedale. There are some out there, who for whatever reason, love to put down the larger breed of the Airedale Terrier. They usually say it’s just a marketing gimmick or that these dogs are subject to greater hip problems than the standard Airedale. Personally, I believe they’re wrong on both points.
Not to go into the whole history of the Oorang Airedale here in this post, but the fact is that Walter Lingo in 1920’s bred and sought to create an even more powerful type of Airedale. His efforts resulted in the King Oorang breed of Airedale dogs. Lingo described the King Oorang as the “world’s great all-around dog.”
Oorang Airedale History
Lingo created the Oorang Indians, a professional football team in Ohio. Lingo established this team to generate publicity for his Oorang dog kennels.
So, for the last 81 years or so this line of larger Airedale Terriers commonly known as Oorang Airedales or Mountain Airedales, has remained vibrant and sought after by those who believe the Airedale to be the perfect dog and the Oorang to be the perfect size Airedale Terrier.
Will that’s my take on it, and for the critics out there if you’ve not had one is part of your family, what do you really know? Is the Oorang Airedale a myth or just a bastard Airedale? in my opinion, the Oorang Airedale Terrier is neither myth or bastard! Hopefully, the Oorang Airedale Terrier will one day be officially recognized by the AKC as a larger version of the Airedale. Think about it, first there was the Schnauzer, and now the AKC recognizes and has standards for the Giant Schnauzer!
Perhaps, the standard poodle breeders were very unhappy when the AKC recognized both the miniature poodle and the toy poodle! Plus, Labradoodles were originally a cross between the Labrador Retriever and the Standard Poodle, now they are a breed of their own!
I guess I could go on with examples of other dog breeds that were created from a standard well accepted breed to bring out certain favorable characteristics that the breeders believed would make superior dog. There will always be those, whether for vested interest or just out of closed mindedness will refuse to accept a variation on their beloved Airedale.