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The Australian Terrier Club of America is looking for Australian Terriers to participate! All Australians Terriers are welcome including rescue dogs or dogs from breeders, unfortunately AKC is wanting dogs from the US only at this time. Cost is postage otherwise it is FREE! Come one come all.  Link to request Kits:

AKC Genetic Diversity Project

The canine genome was built on one dog, a boxer. As technology improves and becomes more affordable, more and more canine genomes can be generated to add to our knowledge. The AKC DNA Program’s Genetic Diversity Project is an exciting new initiative to develop the world’s premier database of canine genomic information. This database will generate whole genome sequences of 4000 dogs, representing all AKC-recognized breeds. Using AKC’s rich historical pedigrees, these dogs will represent the genetic diversity of breeds today.

Genetic tests rely on robust breed-specific data, and many health tests were developed in the context of one breed. Caution should be made when extrapolating test results for a separate breed, or even a subgroup of the same breed. Public genomic sequences of dogs are expanding rapidly, but not all breeds are represented equally. For more common breeds, these sequences may not reflect the full spectrum of genetic diversity within the breed.

Historically, when breeders are concerned about a health problem in their breed, a researcher collects samples for at least one to two years. Once they have enough study participants, they then perform the DNA sequencing and bioinformatics that may result in a publication a few years later. With this program, we hope to have data readily available, and therefore remove the years of delay needed for sample collection. It also removes the time and cost of sequencing, so researchers can jump right to the bioinformatics and validation. More effort can then be placed on the crucial step of validation. Once a novel genetic variant is identified, researchers look for the variant in a new group of dogs, separate from the initial group used to find the variant.

Validation helps breeders interpret a novel finding, identify the prevalence of a genetic variant within their breed, and understand the prevalence in other breeds. Often, a genetic variant may be developed in one breed, but may not translate to disease in another.

Sharing of data will be structured under academic data grants, similar in concept to the AKC Canine Health Foundation.


AKC Fetch titles were created as another activity in which owners could have fun with their dogs in the AKC Family Dog program. Earning AKC Fetch titles provides opportunities for both physical and mental exercise. While some dogs are natural retrievers, AKC Fetch, especially at the advanced levels, will involve teaching new skills such as retrieving.  For more information, go to:


Trophy and Rosette Sponsorship is open for the 2024 National Specialty in Perry Georgia.  Deadline for comments/dedications to be included in the Specialty catalog is 10-31-2023.

Go to for trophy selection and sponsorship instructions.

Winner of the 2024 ATCA Calendar Cover Contest


Muriel McMullen

Pre-Order the 2024 ATCA Calendar by either sending payment and your mailing address tp:  Grace Massey, 4343 Mallard Dr., Gloucester, VA 23061  OR purchase via the Aussie Store

2024 ATCA National Specialty Information

Information for the 2024 ATCA National Specialty in Perry Georgia with the Peach Blossom Cluster is available under  Events of the Blue menu bar –>  Upcoming National Specialty or for download at Save the Date 

The tentative schedule (subject to change) is available under Events on the blue menu bar –> Upcoming National Specialty or for download at 2024 Australian Terrier National Specialty  Schedule. 

ATCA Talkabout Issue 4


Attention All Aussie Owners

Issue 4 of the Talkabout is planning on ending the year with fun and something for everyone to enjoy.   To do this, we need all of your help.  Needed:   

  1. Pictures of Aussies ending summer and going into Fall/Winter
  2. Photos of Aussies being a great ambassador and being willing to help wherever.  An example would be a senior being loved by an Aussie or a child being comforted by an Aussie or another animal making friends with an Aussie.   Please share your stories and pictures of course.
  3. Asking for pictures of the spots on your Aussies tongue.  The cutest picture will receive a one time hard copy of the Talkabout.
  4. Items that you are aware of that would be great to share with others such as tracking devices, monitoring equipment, a dish that prevents ants, self feeding items, etc to just name a few.
  5. Holiday pictures currently or from the past.
  6. Tricks that your dog has learned whether taught or self learned. – include pictures.
  7. Cute stories regarding adventures with your Aussies – while chasing a squirrel did not see the lake and fell in (for example).  At a show forgot your dog when you went to the ring.  Forgot your clothes on a trip.  Fun stories – we all have them and we all tell them, but we feel incapable of writing about them.  Please share them.
  8. Brags and photos of Brags – always  — do not have to be win brags
  9. Ads will remain at $50 per page.  An AD can be anything that your Aussie has done that you are proud of and want to share or a great photo of your Aussie.

Send the photos to Darlene at

Superintendent Results for 2023 National Specialty

The Superintendent, Foy Trent Dog Shows, has released the results of the 2023 ATCA National Specialty.  Click here:  2023 Specialty results.

Spotlight On Performance Aussies

This section features a Spotlight on Obedience.  This will include an interview with the Aussie’s owner with photos and/or videos of the Aussie performing in the dog sport being featured on that month.   Oct 2023 features the Spotlight on Obedience with Cindy and Walker.

ATCA Announces the Youth Activity Achievement Award

The ATCA is happy to announce the Youth Activity Achievement Award for any youth under the age of 18 who is participating in any activity with an Australian Terrier. The award will be published in the Talkabout, posted on the ATCA website and read at the ATCA annual meeting during the National Specialty. The Award Certificate will be mailed to the youth if not in attendance at the National Specialty.

For the award Guidelines and Application go Youth Activity Achievement Award.


2023 is now upon us. Now is the opportunity for ATCA members to reserve the front cover of the Talkabout for 2023. The cost is $200. Back cover and full-page color ads are $100 and are available for ATCA members. It is not too late to submit your ads for the upcoming 2023 Talkabout Issue 3. Contact Susan Mason or Darlene Evans (email addresses below) to reserve your ad. Showcase your Aussies.
Please send the Talkabout a paragraph or more about why you chose an Australian Terrier.
Still looking for funny stories or events that have happened at dog events, conformation, performance, or just hanging out with your friends and Aussies.
Need articles that you would like to see in the Talkabout – Health, Breeding, Training, Feeding, Grooming, etc. Please let The Talkabout Committee know.
Always looking for pictures of Aussies being Aussies.
Brags are always welcomed.
If anyone would like to assist and join, please let us know.
Talkabout Committee
Susan Mason – Chair —

C. Able
C. Earl
D. Evans
C. Holtby
C. Rainville
J. Popovits
H. Rife
S. Saulvester
K. Wakeman

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