Australian Terrier

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


As its name suggests the home of Australian Terrier is Australia. These dogs were created to hunt rodents and snakes, but also are good guard dogs and pets.

This is the first officially recognized breed in Australia. Was first called Australian Wirehaired Terrier in 1868 in Melbourne, and then in 1897 was officially renamed Australian Terrier.

The history of the breed dates back more than a century and a half. The breed was first registered in the AKC in 1980.

Physical characteristics

The Australian Terrier has a healthy long body. Its height varies between 18 and 22 cm, and weight - between 4 and 7 kg. The head is elongated with dark, expressive eyes and a dark nose. The ears are small, erect and have a V-shaped form. The chest is broad and the tail short. The coat is straight, harsh and waterproof. The patterns can be sandy, red, blue or yellow-brown.

Character and behavior

Smallest among terriers, the Australian Terrier is confident and alert dog with courage and strong spirit. Playful and energetic, it is intelligent and passionate, and his vigilance makes him a good watchdog. This puppy adapts to different environments and has diverse talents, which makes it a great companion. Loves to play and fool around, have fun and be the center of attention, but at the same time is very reasonable. In the presence of strangers the Australian Terrier is usually polite but reserved. The Australian Terrier is energetic and fun dog makes a wonderful pet for people with active lifestyles. It is attached to their owners and loves to spend time with them. The puppy is really happy when takes part of everyday life in the family, playing with the children, haunting you from room to room and be close to its love ones.

Training and education

The Australian Terrier is an intelligent dog and trained fairly easily. The education should take the form of game, be varied and full of positive emotions.

Australian terrier loves challenges. Training should be both challenging and fun, but also there should be some reward for a job well done. This can be a favorite treat, toy or simply to soak and praise him.

It is also desirable to train your Terrier to get used to a cell. This will help you a lot in the further training and will be useful when you have to travel. These are energetic dogs and need daily exercise to spend their energy.

Health problems

The average life span of the Australian Terrier is around 11 to 15 years. In general they are healthy dogs, but like any breed some diseases are more common. These are:

Displacement of the kneecap



Skin problems

Grooming and care

Australian terriers love the company of their owners and feel best in the house with the family. It is not a good idea to grown it alone in a garden. However, if you have a yard, this is a bonus, a place where the puppy can spend its energy. These dogs love to dig and if you have a garden with flowers it would be a hard job to protect it.

The coat of the Australian Terrier is maintained relatively easily. It should be brushed once a week to keep it clean and avoid entanglement. When brushing the coat is good to check the ears, to avoid contamination and infection. Not require frequent bathing - maybe once every three months is enough, unless necessary.

Children and other pets

Dogs of this breed are suitable for families with children. The Australian Terrier loves to play with children, but must be socialized and can not be left unattended with very young children.

It tends to chase cats, rodents and other small animals, so if you have other pets, you need to restrict the access to them. If you have a little puppy train him to not bother other animals. However, this can not vouch for the neighbor's cat!

Interesting facts

This is one of the smallest breeds belonging to the working terriers.

Australian Terriers were the first officially offered puppies for sale on the Australian market.