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Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier is a spirited, alert and self-assured dog bred in Australia to control vermin population and guard livestock. Friendly and affectionate with a strong sense of devotion, the Australian Terrier is an excellent family dog. This small, sturdy breed can live comfortably in the city, country or suburbs. His waterproof coat sheds little and is easy to maintain.

DID YOU KNOW? The Australian Terrier was the first breed to be recognised and shown in dog shows in Australia.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids
Australian Terrier

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  • Living Considerations: Good with children, suitable for apartment living, not hypoallergenic
  • Size: Small
  • Height: Males - 25 to 28 centimetres at the withers, Females -22 to 25 centimetres at the withers
  • Weight: Males - 6 to 8 kilograms, Females - 5 to 6 kilograms
  • Coat: Short
  • Energy: Medium
  • Colour: Blue-and-tan, solid sandy or solid red
  • Activities: Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Rally Obedience
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Both
Australian Terrier standing on the grass

Personality

Friendly and outgoing, the Aussie is keen to please and revels in human contact and praise, and so is generally easy to train – unlike some terriers! He is not aggressive, but will stand his ground if challenged by another dog. This is not a yappy breed, but he will bark if he considers circumstances warrant it.

Australian Terrier with ginger coat on the grass

History and Origins

The Australian Terrier dog breed was created in the early 19th century to work in rugged conditions, hunting snakes and rodents on ranches and down gold mines, and being an all-purpose farm dog. The breed was created from terriers imported from northern England and Scotland – including the forebears of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Skye and Yorkshire, and the old Black and Tan Terrier and Scotch Terrier. The result was the Australian Terrier dog, which had its first breed club established in Australia in 1887. Official recognition was granted by the Kennel Club of Great Britain in 1936, and in 1958 the American Kennel Club accepted them.

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