|American Working Terrier Association
The American Working Terrier Association was founded in 1971 by Patricia Adams Lent to
encourage and promote the working and ownership of terriers of correct size, conformation,
and character to perform as working terriers. In 1972, Dachshunds were accepted by the
include over two hundred members .
The AWTA publishes a quarterly newsletter, the Down to Earth to it's members as an
educational aid and to disseminate information to the membership. Members are encouraged to
write up their hunting experiences as well as lessons learned and submit them for publication.
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.
The AWTA den trials are held across the country and throughout the year.
Certificates of Gameness(CG) are issued by the AWTA to dogs of members, qualifying at the
trials in the Open Division. Members may also submit applications for Hunting Certificates (HC)
to dogs used regularly for hunting over a period of a year, and Working Certificates (WC) to
dogs that qualify with work in a natural den.
By promoting the use of terriers and dachshunds, for earth work and above the ground
hunting, the American Working Terrier Association hopes to encourage breeders to retain the
hunting instincts which make these breeds so characteristically "terrier" and "dachshund".
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
with many terrier breeds selected for showing alone.
As the certification list implies, the main objective of the AWTA is to encourage terrier and
dachshund owners into the hunt fields with their dogs.
If you are a terrier, dachshund or owner and you would like more information, you
may contact our Recording Secretary, or further review this website!