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Australian Terrier

A rugged Australian with British roots


BREED ORIGINS

The Australian Terrier is the result of a culmination of Dandie Dinmont, Skye, Cairn, Broken-Coated Terrier crosses, and Yorkshire Terrier brought to Australia from Great Britain in the early 1800’s. These dogs were excellent pest control in the Australian farms and ranches. In 1820, breeders began to develop these “rough-coated terriers” into a breed of their own, and by the 1850’s they were renamed as Australian Terriers. The little dog’s feisty, true-terrier nature produced a small dog with a big bite. While they were quite adept at killing rodents and other pests, they were unsurpassed at their original purpose: serving as hardy companions, still to this day.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Aussie, Australian Rough Coated Terrier


LIVING WITH THIS BREED

The Australian Terrier is a happy, intelligent, lively little dog, and one that is hardy, robust and strong too. Always alert, they are true “terriers” by nature and being highly adaptable, they are just at home in a working environment as they are in the home. They thrive in a family environment and love being involved in everything that goes on around them. They are renowned for their affectionate and loyal natures, being friendly and quite extrovert as well as being eager and willing to please which makes these little dogs highly trainable, when they’re not being stubborn! Like many terriers, they are wilful and stubborn, so a firm, consistent approach is necessary. Even with training, though, they can be reluctant to share toys or human attention, and two males may not be able to share a household. Australian Terriers should never run loose as their instinct to hunt is very strong, and they might not be able to resist running off to chase a cat or squirrel, and might pursue their prey so far from home that they can’t find their way back.


BREED INFORMATION

This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

COUNTRY OF ORIGINAustralia
PURPOSE BRED FORHunting Vermin, Companion
OVERALL SIZESmall
TEMPERAMENTFriendly, Loving, Feisty
EXERCISE NEEDED1 to 2 hours per day
HEIGHT – MALE25.5 cm / 10 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALESlightly smaller than males
COAT TYPEMedium, Harsh, Straight
GROOMING NEEDSTwice a week
RARE BREEDNo
LIFE EXPECTANCY12-15 years

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The Australian Terrier can be great companions and therapy dogs for children, the elderly and disabled people.
  • Australian Terriers like digging which includes furniture, lawns and flowerbeds!
  • Aussies excel at all sorts of canine sports which includes obedience, agility, flyball and dancing to music.
  • Australian Terriers are the perfect choice for first time dog owners because they are so amenable and people-oriented, loving nothing more than to please and to entertain their families.
  • The Australian Terrier is an excellent watchdog. It easily detects strangers on its territory and uses loud barking to inform its owner about their presence.

LINKS TO KENNEL CLUBS

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PHOTO GALLERY

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VIDEOS

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WEBSITES ABOUT AUSTRALIAN TERRIERS

Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to this breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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