Origin: The Australian Terrier originates from Australia, as their name implies. It was found in Tasmania and is probably known to be the first recognized Australian breed. The breed was used for herding rodents, snakes, and pests. Their ancestors were a mix of now-extinct breeds that generated breeds like Yorkshire, Scotch, and Manchester Terrier. The breed was brought to America at the beginning of the 1920s, and it got recognition
from AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1960.
Size: The Australian Terrier reaches the height of 9-11 inches at the shoulder, and their weight ranges from 14-16 pounds. It is a small, adorable breed with a long head, high V-shaped ears, black nose, and oval-shaped eyes. They have tiny cat-type feet, and they are generally longer than tall.
Coat: The Australian Terrier has a harsh and straight coat that is weather-resistant and 2-3 inches thick. It also consists of a soft undercoat and thick hair on the neck, giving it a significant appearance. They are known for their unique blue and tan color, but they can also be seen in brown or solid red colours.
Temperament: The Australian Terrier is an easy-going, playful, and alert dog. The breed is super energetic and powerful as these dogs think of themselves as large dogs. This dog is pretty clever and adventurous as they are cautious and intelligent, making them excellent watchdogs. It makes a great companion dog or family pet for people who can match up to its energetic lifestyle. They get along well with children but have a herding instinct for small pets. They are the happiest when they are included in the daily tasks of the family. The breed requires constant human companionship; otherwise, it may get bored and suffer separation anxiety. Small dogs may tend to be bossy and authoritative with other dogs, so socialization and training at an early age are essential to prevent this nature.
Care: The Australian Terriers are easy to train as they are intelligent and quick learners. They pick tips and tricks and learn quickly. They require a lot of exercise to stay physically fit and mentally stimulated though they are small. They are adjustable to apartment living if they are adequately exercised and trained, but they prefer a place to romp and play. They excel in activities like dog agility and earth dog competitions. The Australian Terrier requires
brushing once a week to keep their coat clean and healthy. Trim their nails regularly and clean their ears and eyes regularly to prevent infections.
Health The Australian Terrier has an average lifespan of 10-13 years. They are prone to some the health conditions such as Patellar Luxation, Legg-Perthes, Diabetes, and Allergies. It is necessary to take your dog for regular medical check-ups to prevent the diseases and detect the signs at an early stage. Do ask for the health clearance before you get the breed home.