Houston All Terrier Club

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The Houston All Terrier Club (HAT Club) was founded to further the advancement of all terrier breeds.  The following are the objectives of our club:

۩    To encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred terriers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.


۩    To urge members and breeders to accept the standards of their breeds as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standards of excellence by which all terriers shall be judged, and to educate current and prospective judges to those standards.


۩    To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests and welfare of all terriers by promoting responsible dog ownership and by encouraging sportsmanlike conduct at all conformation, companion and performance events.


۩    To conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows, fun days, B matches, earthdog trials, obedience trials, tracking tests, agility trials, rally trials, and all other performance events under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.


۩    To conduct educational symposiums.




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People familiar with the Terrier Group invariably comment on the distinctive terrier personality. These are feisty, intelligent dogs whose sizes range from fairly small, as in the Norfolk, Cairn or West Highland White Terrier, to the grand Airedale Terrier.  Terriers sometimes have little tolerance for other animals, including other dogs. Their ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin. Many continue to project the attitude that they're always eager for a spirited argument. Most terriers have wiry coats that require special grooming known as stripping in order to maintain a characteristic appearance. In general, they make engaging pets, but require owners with the determination to match their dogs' lively characters.

For Breeder Referral, please see our Membership List.

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