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Health

The purpose of ATCA's Australian Terrier Health is:

1. To increase public awareness of the issues and available resources relating to the health and well-being of our breed .

2. To help ATCA monitor, on a continuing basis, the state of health and average life expectancy of the Australian Terrier.

3. To be available via the web and email to as many Aussie owners as possible.

4. To encourage Aussie owners. especially those with breeding stock, to complete the health testing for their dogs. This voluntary health testing was approved in 2010 by the ATCA Board of Directors.

 

​​All purebred and mixed breed dogs are prone to hereditary health problems. The Australian Terrier is no exception. The Australian Terrier Club of America encourages its members to be aware of health issues and carry out responsible breeding practices to reduce or eliminate hereditary health problems. If your dog has a health issue, providing us with the information can be an invaluable source of information.

2019 National Parent Club Health Conference Report

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)  - CHIC Program
The OFA created the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) by partnering with participating parent clubs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds. They established a recommended protocol for breed-specific health screenings. Dogs tested in accordance with that protocol are recognized with a CHIC number and certification.
Check here for the recommended test for Australian Terriers

Health Incident Report

All purebred and mixed breed dogs are prone to hereditary health problems. The Australian Terrier is no exception. The Australian Terrier Club of America encourages its members to be aware of health issues and carry out responsible breeding practices to reduce or eliminate hereditary health problems. If your dog has a health issue, providing us with the information can be an invaluable source of information.

Longevity Survey

How long our dogs live and for what reason they passed is important information. As hard as it may be for you to complete the survey, we need the information to maintain records of the health and longevity of our breed.

VIDEO - A Genetic Overview of the Australian Terrier- Dr Jerold S. Bell- Hour 1 and Hour 2

This ATCA Specialty 2018 Education Day Presentation was sponsored by The Australian Terrier Trust (AusTTrust).

The AusTTrust assists the Australian Terrier Club of America, in supporting our breed through Health and Education.

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