Australian Terrier Breeder Referral

Finding the right puppy begins with finding a good breeder. For the love of the dog, good breeders are dedicated to producing puppies that exceed the breed average in terms of health, temperament, structure (conformation) and breed type, and usually hope to keep a puppy from a planned breeding to improve upon what they already have. The sire and dam of a planned breeding have been carefully selected by the breeder based on personal observations and studying family histories and pedigrees. A breeder ensures that the recommended health screens have been done.

The Australian Terrier Club of America recommends that Australian Terrier breeders screen breeding stock for Thyroid, patellar luxation, and congenital eye disease as part of the CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) program.

A good breeder wants to place each puppy in a good home where it can thrive and reach its best potential becoming a beloved pet and companion, regardless of whether it also will have a career in conformation, agility, obedience, therapy, earth dog, barn hunt, or other events. “Getting to know you” as a puppy buyer may involve meeting in person (often at local dog shows), talking on the telephone, email and written correspondence, exchange of pictures, personal references, an application form, and sometimes a home visit.

The AKC Breeder of Merit Program honors breeder/exhibitors' dedication and hard work as they continue to produce dogs that are healthy, capable, and beautiful.  The foundation of today's AKC Breeders of Merit have the power to influence, guide, and teach future breeders, exhibitors, and all purebred dog owners. Breeders must apply to the AKC to be recognized as Breeders of Merit and must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events.

  • Earned at least 4 Conformation, Performance or Companion event titles on dogs they bred/co-bred.

  • Member of an AKC club.

  • Certify that applicable health screens are performed on the sire and dam as recommended by the Parent Club.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies produced are AKC registered.

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Please note that the Breeder of Merit program is only for USA Breeders. Other Countries have their own program for acknowledging a Breeders Dedication to the breed.

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