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Australian Terrier Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Australian Terrier is a small, medium-boned dog that is significantly longer than it is tall. The breeds coat is tan, sandy, blue or red and has a very rough texture. The Australian Terrier has a long head with a muzzle of approximately the same length as the skull. A velvety topknot adorns the dogs head and small, black or dark brown eyes carry an intelligent expression. The Australian Terrier has small, pointed ears that stand erect and are high-set. The dogs nose is black and the jaws have a powerful appearance. The tail is set high and carried vertically like a mast; it may also be docked to just under half its natural length.

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.


Although instinctively aggressive toward vermin and small rodents, the Australian Terrier is generally a loving and affectionate companion that is good with children....

The breed is a courageous, natural watchdog that is also obedient when well trained. This dog loves to please its owner and will work relentlessly to do so. The Australian Terrier is among the more biddable terriers, and gets along better with dogs and other pets better than most of his kin.

Caring For a Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier needs a good bit of exercise every day, lest it become bored and destructive....

The dogs favorite kind of exercise involves playing a game in a field and exploring rodent holes. Long hairs growing between or in front of the eyes should be plucked to avoid potential irritation, as should any hairs extending past the outer edges of the ears. The dog should be washed occasionally at its owners discretion. As with most breeds, it is important to trim the nails fairly regularly to reduce the chance of injury. The Australian Terrier does not respond well to negative training techniques or severe reprimand and can easily grow tired of repetition, so shorter, more frequent training sessions with a positive, rewarding environment are preferred. Hereditary illness in the Australian Terrier is minimal, though occasionally one will see diabetes, patellar luxation and Legg-Perthes in the breed.

Australian Terrier History

Breed History

The Australian Terrier traces its roots back to s roots trace back to Tasmania....

Invasive rodent populations created the need for tough, rough coated little working terriers, and these dogs were eagerly adopted at the waterfront areas and in gold mines. Australian owners needed a dog that was capable of hunting down vermin and that could also serve as a watchdog and help with herding sheep in the field. This led to the interbreeding of the small Tasmanian Terrier with various British terriers, including the Scottish, Manchester, Yorkshire, Dandie Dinmont and Skye Terriers.The result was a rough-coated watchdog capable of working in the fields, catching rodents and providing companionship. The breed soon became the first Australian dog to be officially recognized in its homeland (a standard was established in 1896), and spread to the United States and England shortly thereafter. The Australian Terrier entered the American Kennel Clubs registry in 1960 as the first new terrier in over 20 years.