The American Working Terrier Association was founded in 1971 by
Patricia Adams Lent in order to encourage and promote the breeding,
hunting, and ownership of terriers of the correct size, conformation,
and character to perform as working terriers. From modest
beginnings, the organization has grown to include over two hundred
members and holds field trials across the country and throughout the
year.

In 1972 Dachshunds were accepted by the AWTA as they quickly
became regulars at the trials. The Association issues Certificates of
Gameness (CG) to dogs qualifying at the trials in the Open Division;
also Hunting certificates (HC) to dogs used regularly for hunting
above ground over the period of a hunting season; and Working
Certificates (WC) to dogs qualifying with work in a natural den below
ground.

By promoting the use of terriers and dachshunds for earth work and
above ground hunting, the American Working Terrier Association
hopes to encourage breeders to retain the hunting instincts which
make these breeds characteristically “terriers”. Without the
opportunity to test the instincts so vital to these breeds, dachshunds
and terriers would cease to be the working dogs they were meant to
be; something already too common in many terrier breeds selectively
bred for dog shows alone.

The main objective of the AWTA is to encourage terrier and
dachshund owners into the hunt field with their dogs. As an
educational aid and to disseminate information to the membership,
the quarterly magazine, Down to Earth will post AWTA trial dates, the
latest recipients of certificates, and any other information of
relevance to the objectives of the AWTA.
American Working Terrier Association