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Australian Terrier -
Purebred Dogs and Puppies

A member of the AKC Terrier group, The Australian Terrier is a small sturdy dog, full of spirit and courage and is a versatile working dog from the outback of Australia.



The Aussies friendly and affectionate disposition and his small size make him a wonderful companion and friend and a great size to travel with.

They are good for apartment living and are fairly active indoors. They can do fine without a yard as long as they are taken for frequent walks on a lead outside. He is a small, sturdy, medium-boned working terrier, longer in proportion than height-wise, with pricked ears.

Don't let the small size fool you - this is a tough, cheeky little dog with the courage of a much larger dog - believe me, they are all terrier.

Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier was first used in 19th century Australia as a ratter, snake killer, and watchdog. He was known by various names until 1889, when a club was formed in Melbourne to foster the breed.

This self-confident little terrier typically weighs 10-14 pounds and are 10-11 inches tall. They are best kept indoors in close contact with people.

He can be blue and tan, solid sand, or solid red in color, with a harsh-textured outer coat, a distinctive ruff and apron, and a soft, silky topknot.

Watch a short video about the Australian Terrier



The Australian Terrier is a fine working terrier dog with a compact, and small, but sturdy body. He is considerably longer than he is tall. Also, their ears are pricked with no tendency to flare off the skull and their tail is docked as well.

This little dog breed has a sturdy and weather-resistant coat that is hard, straight with a softer undercoat. Shedding is minimal, as is the level of maintenance. Regular grooming is important to stimulate the skin and encourage a good coat growth.

This terrier was the first Australian dog breed to be recognized and shown in its own native land. They can be good with children and other pets if raised with them. Just keep in mind that these dogs have a high prey drive toward small animals such as cats and rabbits.

Aussies are natural born watch dogs, and will sound the alarm anytime a strange dog or person approaches their house. FYI, this breed can be dog-aggressive so keep that in mind when living in a multi-pet household. Generally speaking, adult male Aussie Terriers do not get along well at all with other adult male dogs.

An ideal home for this busy and active dog breed is one with a fenced-in yard with plenty of space for him to run around. On the other hand, he can adapt to apartment living provided he is walked several times a day. Overall, he has no serious health problems and should live a happy 14 years or so.

Country of origin: Australia
Lifespan: 14 years
Colors: Blue & tan, solid red, solid sand
Known health problems: None




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