A rugged Australian with British roots
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.
This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||Australia|
|PURPOSE BRED FOR||Hunting Vermin, Companion|
|TEMPERAMENT||Friendly, Loving, Feisty|
|EXERCISE NEEDED||1 to 2 hours per day|
|HEIGHT – MALE||25.5 cm / 10 in (to shoulder)|
|HEIGHT – FEMALE||Slightly smaller than males|
|COAT TYPE||Medium, Harsh, Straight|
|GROOMING NEEDS||Twice a week|
|LIFE EXPECTANCY||12-15 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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WEBSITES ABOUT AUSTRALIAN TERRIERS
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- Australian Terrier Club of Great Britain
- Australian Terrier Club of South Australia
- Australian Terrier Club of America
- Australian Terrier Club of Victoria
- Australian Terrier Rescue
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