Australian Terrier


The Australian Terrier is a small breed of dog of the terrier dog type. Originally, these dogs were intended for universal use, it is a wonderful companion, a guard dog, a shepherd and a hunter. The Australian Terrier was developed in Australia in early 19th century, although the ancestral types of dogs from which the breed descends were from Great Britain. The breed was officially recognized in 1850, and later renamed as the Australian Terrier in 1892.

Height: 10-11 inches  Weight: 14-16 pounds  Lifespan: 12-15 years


The Australian Terrier is a short-legged and diminutive, but strong dog. It seems that its small size is in conflict with a strong and true nature of the terrier. A dog of this breed is proud, reliable and always alert. They are bold, fearless, and, at the same time, fascinating. The Australian Terrier is a great companion. Comparable Breed: Cairn Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier.


The Australian Terrier often shows greater courage and boldness than a much larger dog. The Australian Terrier is loyal and very intelligent, and gets extremely attached to its family. These dogs are very funny, energetic and curious. They get along wonderfully with older children in the house. Australian Terriers easily find a common language with other dogs and pets, but love to chase cats, as well as other small animals, such as squirrels or rabbits. This breed needs constant communication with the owners, and can be very lonely if it is left alone for a long time alone. Terrier`s keen sense of hearing and eyesight makes it an excellent watchdog. Though this dog is wary of strangers, it does not show any signs of aggression.

Coat / Care:

The Australian Terrier is covered with two layers of coat. The outer layer is straight, hard and rough, and below is a short and dense, soft undercoat. Fur is shorter on the muzzle, lower legs, and feet, and there is a ruff around the neck. The tail was traditionally docked. The front legs are lightly decorated and on top is located a soft, long and very funny tuft. The coat colors are shades of blue or red with a lighter colored topknot, and with markings on face, ears, body and legs of a color described in the breed standard as “tan, never sandy”. Australian Terriers shed intensely, therefore, need cleaning several times a week. Every three months, the Australian Terrier require professional grooming. Bathe your dog only when it is absolutely necessary. In order not to disturb the natural state of the coat, you should use a mild shampoo. If required, clean the hair around the eyes and ears. Australian Terriers can have problems with dislocated patella, ischemic necrosis of the femoral head, diabetes, epilepsy, skin allergies, and thyroid disease.


A dog of this breed learns easily. Early socialization and habituation to obedience are the key for its good demeanor. Rough or oppressive methods are highly ineffective. You can achieve much more with perseverance, fairness, praise and motivation. Australian Terriers are great when it comes to agility, chasing and dexterity.


The Australian Terrier needs constant exercises for its mind and body, or it gets bored and can cause considerable damage in the house. Provided that it has sufficient physical activity, the Australian Terrier can live in a city apartment or townhouse.

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