The Australian Terrier is a rugged and hardy dog with all the positive and few of the negative aspects of the terrier dog breeds. The Australian is a small dog which stands about 10 to 11 inches at shoulder height and weighs approximately 12 to 18 pounds. The terrier has a hard and straight weatherproof overcoat with a soft undercoat. Australians are usually blue-and-tan but also may be solid red or sand-colored. The tail is usually cocked.
Australian Terriers are members of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Terrier Dog Group.
This breed probably resulted from crossing Cairn, Yorkshire and Dundee Din Mont Terriers. This Terrier was used for rodent control and as a watchdog. The Aussie Terrier was entered at a dog show for the first time in 1880. The Australian was ranked 111th out of 154 dog breeds in 2004 AKC registrations.
Australian Terriers are courageous and cheerful as well as quiet and obedient. These Aussies have the intelligence and toughness of other terrier breeds but are one of the most sensible and adaptable of all the terriers. Although small, Aussies are alert watchdogs who treat strangers with some caution. These dogs want to please their masters and are easier to obedience train than other terrier breeds. However they still should be trained firmly because these Terriers can be a little headstrong. The breed is good with older and more considerate children. First time dog owners can’t go wrong with choosing this Aussie Terrier.
These dogs are very adaptable and don’t need especially long walks. Aussies are equally at home in an apartment or out in the country.
The Aussie’s long and shaggy coat needs brushing several times per week. These Terriers don’t need bathing more than once per month. Aussies shed very little hair so the dead hair should be plucked out about three times per year.
Australian Terriers have a life expectancy of 11 to 14 years and are generally a very healthy breed with no common health problems.