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Australian Terrier Dog Breed Info & Pictures

They say good things come in small packages, and that is definitely the case with the Australian Terrier. Also known as an Aussie, this small dog is hardworking and loyal with bright eyes and a loveable face. They love to take charge and get along with a wide variety of people.

The Australian Terrier is the smallest of the Australian working dog family, which also includes the Australian Cattle Dog and the Australian Shepherd. On average, they are about 10 inches tall and weigh 14 pounds. But don’t tell this terrier that they’re the smallest; these Aussies exude every bit as much poise, confidence, and leadership as their bigger cousins.

Like all terriers, the Australian Terrier loves to dig, bark, and chase just about anything that comes their way. However, they are highly trainable and eager to please, so many of those behaviors can be tackled at an early age with Australian Terrier puppies. They thrive around people and will quickly become part of your family; these spunky little pups are a great addition to just about any group.

Australian Terrier Fast Facts

12 - 14 years
20th century
12 - 14 lb
12 - 14 lb
10 - 11"
10 - 11"
Astralian Terrier, Australien Terrier, or Australian Terier.


Aussies love people so much so that they tend to take on the demeanor of their owners....

Whether you are full or energy or more low key, your dog will likely adapt to match. Australian Terriers are very eager to learn, so be mindful of what you are teaching, especially among Australian Terrier puppies. It can be easy to inadvertently teach bad habits. A little firm-but-loving training in the beginning will result in a much smoother relationship with your pup in the long run.

Dont let that cute face fool you; the Australian Terrier is a natural protector and will be quick to alert you whenever anyone unknown enters their domain. They also have high prey drives because they were bred to hunt mice, squirrels, rabbits, and other small animals. Be careful if you have other pets and make sure your Aussie knows they are friends, not enemies. Their desire to be in charge all the time can also be an issue if you have other pets. In particular, male Australian Terriers do not get along with other male dogs.

Those traits aside, Aussies make great companions for all ages. They are very affectionate and popular as companion dogs for anyone who needs a little extra love in their life. They also make great playmates for children.

Caring For a Australian Terrier

Not only are Australian Terriers cute, but they also are a picture of health....

There are very few known health problems with this breed, and they require minimal care. Their pointy ears are prone to wax build up, so make sure you clean them regularly. Their coat is short and shedding is minimal, though they are not quite considered hypoallergenic.

The Australian Terrier does not require quite as much exercise as other Australian breeds, but they still enjoy being active. These dogs love to strut their stuff around people and might not do well in an environment where they are by themselves for long periods of time. They are part of a group known as Velcro dogs, meaning they love to be by your side at all times.

Australian Terriers love to dig around outside, so be sure to keep them away from your garden or other areas that youd rather they not get into. They do require at least some time outdoors, so if you live in an apartment, make sure they go out for walks to a park or another outdoor area where they can let their natural instincts loose for just a little bit.

Australian Terrier History

Breed History

Unlike some of their counterparts who share the Aussie name, these dogs actually did originate Down Under....

Aussies were bred from English terriers brought to Australia in the early 1800s. They were originally called the Rough Coated Terrier and were bred to eliminate mice and other pests. They took on the name Australian Terrier in the late 1800s.

Australian Terriers were also bred to thrive in multiple conditions, so they will do well pretty much anywhere they live. They were utilized by settlers as watchdogs and companions in rural areas. Once the land was settled, they became a favorite among Australian and British elite, who valued their loyalty and intelligence.

Australian service members brought them to the US in the 1930s and 1940s, and the American Kennel Club recognized them in 1960. Aussies quickly proved to be just as loved in the US as they were throughout the rest of the world. Today, they are one of the most difficult dogs to find; be sure to seek out a reputable breeder if you want to add one of these spunky dogs to your family.