The first Australian Terrier Club was formed in Australia in 1887. At about the same time, Australian Terriers were exported to Great Britain and were granted a separate registry by the Kennel Club of England.
Nell Fox and her husband, Milton, were the first to import Australian Terriers to the U.S. in the late 1940’s. In 1957, the Australian Terrier Club of America was formed. The following year, 1958, nine Aussies were entered in the Miscellaneous Class at Westminster. By 1960, the Miscellaneous Class at Westminster had its largest entry ever, with 58 Australian Terriers being exhibited. That same year, the Australian Terrier became the 114th breed to be admitted to the Registry of the American Kennel Club.
The Australian Terrier Club of America became an AKC Member Club in 1977, and today has approximately 160 members.
The late Mr. and Mrs. Milton Fox of Pleasant Pastures Kennels contributed in a major way to the recognition of the breed in the United States. Nell Fox, a native of New Zealand, was familiar with the Aussie in her homeland and imported some of the early dogs that arrived in this country. Nell Fox is recognized as a Founder of the Australian Terrier Club of America. She served as Secretary, Delegate and Director of the club.
Mrs. Milton Fox wrote two books about her beloved Australian Terriers:
How to Raise and Train an Australian Terrier, Mrs. Milton Fox, Publisher T.F.H. Publications Inc., Copyright 1973.
Australian Terrier, A Complete and Reliable Handbook, Nell Fox, Publisher T.F.H. Publications, Inc.