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Founded 1958



The Australian Terrier Club of America recommends that Australian Terrier breeders screen breeding stock for Thyroid, patellar luxation, and congenital eye disease as part of the CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) program.

A good breeder wants to place each puppy in a good home where it can thrive and reach its best potential becoming a beloved pet and companion, regardless of whether it also will have a career in conformation, agility, obedience, therapy, earth dog, barn hunt, or other events.

“Getting to know you” as a puppy buyer may involve meeting in person (often at local dog shows), talking on the telephone, email and written correspondence, exchange of pictures, personal references, an application form, and sometimes a home visit.

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The AKC Breeder of Merit Program honors breeder/exhibitors’ dedication and hard work as they continue to produce dogs that are healthy, capable, and beautiful. The foundation of today’s AKC Breeders of Merit have the power to influence, guide, and teach future breeders, exhibitors, and all purebred dog owners. Breeders must apply to the AKC to be recognized as Breeders of Merit and must meet the following requirements:

  • -Have a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events.
  • -Earned at least 4 Conformation, Performance or Companion event titles on dogs they bred/co-bred.
  • -Member of an AKC club.
  • -Certify that applicable health screens are performed on the sire and dam as recommended by the Parent Club.
  • -Demonstrate a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies produced are AKC registered.

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Please note that the Breeder of Merit program is only for USA Breeders. Other Countries have their own program for acknowledging a Breeders Dedication to the breed.

Advanced Levels of Breeder of Merit Recognition

Recognition is available to those that meet the following minimum standards:

    • –Have qualified and enrolled as a Breeder of Merit
    • –Can provide proof of Parent Club-required health testing on litters
    • –Have met their commitment to ensure that all their puppies get registered

Breeders who have produced a number of titled dogs will be recognized at the following levels:

Recognition Level

Required titles on dogs bred/co-bred*

Breeder of Merit


Minimum of 4 dogs earning titles.

Breeder of Merit- Bronze

Minimum of 10 dogs earning titles with at least five earning

prefix titles.

Breeder of Merit- Silver

Minimum of 25 dogs earning titles with a minimum of 15 being

prefix titles.

Breeder of Merit- Gold

Minimum of 50 dogs earning titles with a minimum of 30 dogs

Having earned prefix titles.

Breeder of Merit- Platinum

Minimum of 100 dogs earning titles with a minimum of 60

having earned prefix titles

* Prefix titles are recognized champion titles in any AKC sport 

Breed Health Testing Requirements and more information at the AKC Breeder Of Merit at this link:

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