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.