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2024 ATCA National Specialty Packet

The updated 2024 ATCA National Specialty Packet is available online.  Any updates / revisions will be posted here.  Last update 2-18-2024.

Notice received 2-18-2024:  If you are flying into Atlanta and renting a car–reserve your car NOW!  The week of the Specialty is the Masters golf tournament weekend in Augusta and rental cars will be in high demand.

If you would like to see what other performance events, health screenings and activities are happening during the Specialty week with the Cluster, click on Peach Blossom Cluster

2024 ATCA National Specialty Merchandise

2024 ATCA National Specialty Catalog AD

The Classic Tee Shorts, Long Sleeve Tee Shirts and Tote Bags are available for purchase in the Aussie Store.

You items you purchase can me pickup at the National Specialty in Georgia or you can have them shipped to your home.

Description of the items and sizes available are on the sales page for each type of product.

Full Page Color AD = $80

Full Page Black & White AD = $55
(both include free layout by Grace MASSEY)

Ad Size for Full Page = 8.5 x 11 INCHES

Send your camera ready ads, preferred file formats are PDF (with embedded fonts), JPG or TIFF. Preferably no bleeds, 300 dpi, Grayscale for Black & White ads. Send to:

Pay for your choice of COLOR or BLACK & WHITE AD in the Aussie Store  and email the Catalog Ad Form and camera ready ad material to Grace at:

DEADLINE for ADS = March 1, 2024

This section features a Spotlight on Rally.  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.   Feb 2024 features the Spotlight on Nose Work with Beth and Finnick.

2024 ATCA National Specialty Education Day Presentation

Tuesday, April 9, 2024,  1:30 pm – 3:30 pm EDT

ATCA Members = FREE and no Seminar Form is required            Non ATCA Members = $35 fee and the Seminar Form.

Non-members download the Education Day form and complete.  Then either mail the form with a check for $35 made out to ATCA Before the March 15, 2024 Deadline to:  Darlene Evans, 42742 Lemonwood St, Fremont, CA 94538 or pay via the Misc. Payment in the Aussie Store and email the form to: darlenevans1@earthlink.netPay at the door entry by cash (exact change only).

More information at Upcoming National Specialties.

2024 ATCA NAtional Specialty Meals

2024 ATCA National Specialty Meals

The menu for the 2024 National Specialty week can be viewed here:

You can purchase the Meal Deal (all 3 meals on all 3 days) or you can select individual meals on each day.  To reserve and purchase your meals, please go to the Aussie Store:

Deadline to order meals:  April1, 2024


In 2024 the Futurity will be held in Perry, Ga on April 14,2024. The Futurity judge will be Michael Palazzo.

The Instructions, Bitch/Litter & Puppy (6-24 months) application forms on the ATCA website:

Entry deadline is 3/13/2024

Aussie Photos Needed for 2024 Talkabout Issue 1

Talkabout Issue 1 for 2024 needs photos of Aussies celebrating Valentines Day or enjoying the spring weather.  Please send your photos to Darlene Evans at darlenevans1@ by Feb. 20, 2024.


The “Ask Me About My Australian Terrier” Decal is available for 1 decal for $2.25 in the Aussie Store (under Physical Products) at:

Get yours now!


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.


Still accepting donations for class placements and rosettes for the 2024 National Specialty in Perry Georgia.  

Go to for trophy donation and  instructions.

Just a few of the 2024 ATCA Calendars left to purchase

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. 


2024 is now upon us. Now is the opportunity for ATCA members to reserve the front cover of the Talkabout for the 4 Issues in 2024. The cost is $200. Back cover is $75 and full-page color ads are $50 and are available for ATCA members.  Contact Susan Mason or Darlene Evans (email addresses below) to reserve your ad. Showcase your Aussies.
Looking for a paragraph or more about why you chose an Australian Terrier.
WANTED:  Funny stories about events that have happened at dog events, conformation, performance, or just hanging out with your friends and Aussies.
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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