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2022 ATCA Annual Dues

Please consider making a donation for our dear friend and fellow ATCA member, Katrina Klarén and her husband David Miller. They and their dogs are safe but everything else was lost in the Marshall Wildfire in Colorado, on Dec 30th.  GOFUNDME link:


The 2022 annual dues of $40 for Australian Terrier Club of America membership and $8 for Junior membership will be due on Jan. 1, 2022.  Payment maybe made by sending a $40 and/or $8 check to Darlene Evans at 42742 Lemonwood St., Fremont, CA 94538-4026 or by PAYPAL on the Aussie Store 


A step by step how to groom your Aussie video for either show or as a tidy pet. Available in the Aussie Store.


A Preservation Breed

The Australian Terrier is a small, sturdy, medium-boned working terrier standing about 10-11 inches in height at the withers. The body is rather

long in proportion to height, with a long slightly arched neckline. Its head should be long and strong, with pricked ears, and dark, black-rimmed

eyes. The coat is harsh and straight, about 2 inches in length all over its body, with a distinctive ruff and apron, and a soft, silky topknot. The tail

can be undocked or docked, (leaving slightly less than one half, and

should be held erect.) Aussies come in three colors... Blue & Tan, Solid Sandy, and Solid Red.

As befits their heritage as versatile workers, Australian Terriers are sound and free-moving, with good reach and drive. Their expression should be keen and intelligent, their manner spirited and self-assured.

Australian Terrier Temperament: The Australian Terrier was developed as

a companion and will be happiest when with "his" people. Aussies are not suited to living outside, or spending long hours in a run or fenced yard

alone. They are happiest when in close contact with their families.

Australian Terriers are born diggers, as "going to ground" is part of their heritage.

The Aussie has emerged as a spunky little terrier: game, high-spirited

and courageous, yet possessing an enormous amount of sensitivity. Because he was developed in close association with man under often stressful conditions, he has a strong sense of devotion to his household.

The Australian Terrier is a genuine charmer and, once hooked, few

Aussie owners ever switch breeds. What's more, many find they can't

own just one. However, not all Aussies are generous enough to be willing

to share their owners, and two males generally will not be able to live together peacefully.

Most are good with children as well as senior citizens, so they make excellent family pets. As with any small dog, supervision with toddlers is essential, for the dog's protection as well as the child's. Aussies are

equally suited for town or country living as long as provision is made for

safe exercise. An Aussie should NEVER run loose! The instinct to hunt is

so strong that he will not stop to check traffic if he sees a squirrel or

strange cat.

They are excellent jumpers, and it is nearly impossible to teach an

Aussie to resist the urge to chase squirrels, rabbits, cats, etc. Aussies

were bred to hunt vermin, and this instinct is still very strong in their temperaments. Aussies are natural watch dogs, and will sound the alarm should any strange dog or person approach the house. Terriers in general are very lively and outgoing, and have a high energy level that does not make them suitable pets for everyone. As with other terriers, they can be dog-aggressive and somewhat bossy, and care must be taken when

living in a multi-pet household.

Australian Terrier Training: Australian Terriers are quite trainable.  They

do well in all companion and performance events.  They do require a bit

of imagination when it comes to training.  If you can convince them it is

either their idea and/or fun, you will be well on your way.  Your Aussie will always be happy to play with you and training is play to them.


OWN an Australian Terrier and you will never be bored!