Breeding Program & Puppy Page

The goal of the JOVAL Airedales breeding program is to develop a line of Airedales that will improve the overall health of the breed while conforming to the AKC breed standard in both temperament and physical characteristics (conformation). Since our puppies are placed as companions in loving homes, we need to make sure they will live long, happy & healthy lives.

It is true that no breeder can 100% guarantee the health of any animal but, through careful breeding standards, hip scoring of all breeding stock and genetic screening, we make every effort possible to avoid problems. Since we are not a "volume kennel" we can be very selective in planning the direction of the JOVAL line and are proud of the puppies we produce.

The foundation of our line,  BIS Eng & Am CH Jokyl Flashback, was imported from a well-known and respected English Kennel and has an impeccable pedigree that is complete through a minimum of 10 generations. JOVAL has built upon and improved from this foundation of genetics - now in our 7th subsequent generation. While we have bred the #1 Airedale in the U.S. for the past 3 consecutive years, we are still striving to improve something in every litter we produce.

All JOVAL Companion puppies are sold on a legally binding Sales Agreement
that clearly states the Terms of Placement including a SPAY/NEUTER obligation.


Our "Terms of Placement" have been derived from those implemented by the ATCA as well as most other Breed "Parent" Organizations and are specifically designed to ensure the safety, health & welfare of our placed Airedales while protecting the interests and reputation or our breeding program. 

Joval companion puppies are sold with AKC Limited Registrations. With this type of registration, these animals must be spayed/neutered at the appropriate age and may not be shown. This is a stipulation required by most reputable breeders and is necessary to minimize the possibility of improper breeding and to protect the name and reputation of their kennel. Animals on Limited Registrations may, however, compete in agility, obedience, rally or other non-conformation events and we encourage owners to explore these activities with their new companion.

In order to ensure that your new family companion will be a "well-behaved"
family member, our sales agreement requires you to attend a training class
with your Airedale during the first 9 months or ownership.

In addition to the care we take in managing our breeding program, we also ensure that ALL of our puppies are placed in an appropriate environment with a new owner that is willing to undertake the responsibility of Airedale Ownership. As part of this process, we require all prospective puppy buyers to complete our Prospective Puppy Owner Questionnaire.

Your thoughtful answers to the questions on this form help us understand what you are looking for in a dog as well as forcing you to consider some of the aspects of Airedale ownership that you may not have considered. Your answers allow us to "pair-up" the right temperament pup with your expectations and your family's lifestyle.

Please make sure that you indicate your gender preference when you complete the questionnaire so that we can plan accordingly. If you have no preference for a male or female, please indicate that also, as it makes it easier to select the right puppy for you based on personality, not gender.

but... they are TRANSFERRABLE from one litter to another.
You will never loose your deposited money, however you may need to wait a little longer
until the "right puppy for you" is available.

After you have completed the Prospective Puppy Owner Questionnaire and we have corresponded with you to clarify any elements of your answers that may require additional follow-up, we will instruct you on the next-steps. So that you fully understand our process, we have a Reservation Deposit Agreement that we ask you to read, print, sign and return via postal mail along with your deposit check.

Reservations are accepted on a first come-first served basis and your position in the litter "reservation queue" is determined by the receipt order of buyer's Reservation Deposit Agreement. Male and female requests will be considered independently but ultimate availability is based on nature with additional consideration being given based on puppy temperament testing and evaluations performed.

About a week after the puppies have been born and determined to be healthy and thriving, a gender availability breakdown will be done and persons in the reservation queue will be notified based on number of puppies available and their order in the queue. At that time you will be asked to commit to a reasonably approximated puppy pick-up date. Your email confirmation will serve this purpose as a formal commitment.

Once you have committed to a particular litter and pick-up timeframe, unless you have pre-paid-in-full, the "Commitment Installment" will be required, and will also be applied towards the final purchase price. If the commitment installment is NOT received by the time the puppies are 1 Month old (about 3 weeks after notification) we will put you back in the reservation queue and contact the next person in line. Please understand we MUST ensure that the pick-up arrangements are set one month in advance of pick-up.

All Committed buyers will receive a packet of information specially compiled to assist them in the acclimation of their new pup to its new home. EVERY new owner is required to FULLY review this information before they take possession of their new family member to ensure the puppy's transition and acclimation is as easy as possible. We also provide articles and training guides to the new owner to assist them in their personal "Airedale Education".

In keeping with the breed standard, tail docking and dew claw removal are performed by a veterinarian at approximately 3 to 5 days old.

Every puppy receives a basic health check, de-wormings and their first series of vaccinations by our veterinarian before they leave for their new homes. Puppies are also Micro-chipped as a means of permanent identification.

All JOVAL puppies are raised in our home and in a family setting utilizing the "Puppy Head Start" early development program. They are very well socialized and are exposed to every aspect of the "home environment" including noises, other pets, children, visitors, etc...   Overall, our puppies are raised with love and we take great pains to ensure the health and well-being of each of our babies. All litters are continually evaluated from their birth until they go to their new homes.

We will provide emails approximately every week or so with updates on the litter along with pictures so that you can watch them grow and feel a part of the experience.

Throughout the many years of our program, we have become very experienced in "temperament testing" all of our puppies and have used these results as a basis for assistance in placing each pup with the appropriate family.  Since we at JOVAL Airedales want to ensure the happiness of both the puppies and their new families, we offer assistance by instructing every new owner in the areas of training, grooming and general care of their new family member.

At the age of 8 weeks, final evaluations are performed to determine availability and selection order (if possible). It is our goal is to create the best possible match between available puppies and prospective families, and, we utilize these evaluations as the primary factor in determining puppy selection availability while being fair to and accommodating the needs of all our clients

Visitation of the puppies is permitted and encouraged but by appointment only. Please understand that final number of available puppies CAN NOT be fully known nor can selections be made until after evaluations are performed. Puppies are normally allowed to leave for their new homes at approximately 8 to 9 weeks, but occasionally additional evaluation is required and they are not available to go to their new homes until after 12 weeks.

If, for whatever the reason may be, the right puppy is not currently available, we will put you back in the reservation queue where you would receive priority in the selection order for a puppy (male or female) from the next available litter. 

Please note: Additional to the purchase price of the Airedale Puppy itself, at the time of pick-up or prior to delivery, we will need to collect Virginia Sales tax on the total purchase amount. (if the transaction is physically conducted within the state of Virginia). At the same time we will also need to complete the form for the AKC Registration and the implanted Microchip. There will be additional costs for these registrations - payable to the AKC directly.

Every new owner is encouraged to keep us informed through emails, letters and pictures about how they and their new family member is doing. We try to include the pictures we receive in the gallery section of the website. Feel free also to read what a few of our extended Joval Family have said about their "experience" in our testimonials section.

We do not usually sell Show Dogs, but, if you have a special interest in showing or breeding
please contact us individually via email and not as a general puppy inquiry through the questionnaire.


If you have interest in a "Retired" adult, please contact us individually via email
and not as a general inquiry through the questionnaire.

JOVAL - Prospective Puppy Owner Questionnairere

JOVAL - Reservation Deposit Agreement

AKC Airedale Breed Standard                         Ear Setting (under construction)

JOVAL - Adult Available

Next Litter Due - Late January 2016
We are in the process of accepting deposits for this upcoming litter
Please understand that nature doesn't provide exact timelines ;)

if this timeframe works for you and your family
fill out our Puppy Questionnaire
and Contact us for Pedigrees & Details

The goal of the JOVAL Airedales breeding program is to improve the overall health of the breed while
conforming to the
AKC breed standard in both temperament and physical characteristics (conformation).
Since the vast majority of our puppies are placed as companions in loving homes,
we need to make sure they will live long, happy & healthy lives.

If you are interested in a puppy, click Here to learn why JOVAL stands above other breeders and
Why YOU Should Buy YOUR Puppy from JOVAL ...  Then Complete our Prospective Owner Questionnaire.

You may also visit our Getting a JOVAL Puppy Page to read about the process we follow,
and also If you have ANY questions along the way, feel free to email us.


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Dr. Valeria Rickard & John Rickard
Leesburg, VA

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