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Australian Terrier Breed Summary

Tenacious, Independent, Hardworking, and Lively

These doggies are known for their incredibly happy and playful personalities. However, they are also very hearty and robust little characters as well! As they are Terriers, they are very alert by nature and well as being extremely adaptable; they are just as happy to live in an apartment as they would be in a mansion.

They are a fairly popular doggy in Australia and have since made a fairly big impact in the UK as well, due to the fact that they make lovely pets!

Fun Fact: They became a recognised breed in 1936.

Kennel Club Group Terrier
Lifespan 12 - 14 years
Height (at the withers) Males 23cm - 25.5cm, Females 20cm - 23cm
Weight Males and Females 5.5kg - 6.5kg
Coat Coat is Longer, Harsh and Coarse. Top Coat is Dense and Under Coat is Shorter and Softer
Colour Blue, Steel blue, Dark Grey blue
Eye colour Dark Brown
Common health issues Diabetes, Cataracts, Luxating patellas, Ruptured cruciate ligaments, Allergic dermatitis, Ear infections
Other Names Aussie, Aussie Terrier

The mischievous and high-spirited personality of these Australian Terrier's means that they are full of attitude, and often have the confidence of a larger breed, so it’s best to watch out for them in cases of confrontation, where these pooches may get a little too big for their collars! Attitude aside, this breed will become strongly attached to its family, and will love each member for different reasons. Their affectionate and playful ways make them the perfect playmate for a child and these doggies have actually been known to match their mood to your own! So, if you’re feeling down, they will act calm and quiet and attempt to cuddle in with you but if you’re happy and excited, they will become lively and playful.

These loveable dogs, nicknamed ‘The Aussie’ came about during the late 1890’s and were bought to the UK around the 1920/30’s. They were originally bred to exterminate rodents and snakes but can now more often be seen as family pets. This breed is the littlest of the working terriers, but don’t let this fool you, as they are extremely diligent and energetic doggies. Because these doggies are so bright, they will readily learn whatever their ‘hoomans’ teach them, so you have to be careful not to unintentionally teach your pooch that it’s okay to make a mess or chase the cat. Behaviours that this breed learns as a puppy will follow them throughout life! When being trained, these Australian Terrier's enjoy challenging, reward-based guidance as repetitive training is something they find boring.