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The Australian Terrier Club of America, Inc.

Dedicated to the Advancement of Quality, Purebred Australian Terriers

AKC Parent Club Member 1977
Founded 1958



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 this website, the ATCA Facebook page and email to as many Aussie owners as possible. Health Committee Chair email:

  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.

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


A Genetic Overview of the Australian Terrier by Dr Jerold S. Bell

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.

VIEW VIDEOS –  Hour 1 and Hour 2




**DISCLAIMER**  Any information contained on this website relating to any medical, health, and fitness conditions of Australian Terriers and their treatment is for informational purposes only.  It is not meant to be a substitute for the advice from your own veterinarian.  The information shown on this website should not be used for diagnosing your Aussie’s health.  You should always consult your own veterinarian.

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