Australian Terrier

Growth Size

The Australian Terrier grows to a height of 23 – 28cm, and a weight of 4 – 6kg.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years.

Temperament

Intelligent and alert – Australian Terriers are great entertainers and watchdogs. This loyal breed will bond well with their immediate family but tend to be wary of strangers. With their boundless energy and ability to learn tricks Aussies are a fun, loyal and loving pet.

Training Difficulty

Due to Aussies confidence, they require strict training, although they will be very responsive and fun to interact with. With their natural chasing instinct you should keep your Aussie on a lead for outings and warn the neighbours cat!

Recommended Owners

Recommended for those who live alone or families with school aged children.

Origin

A descendant of terriers brought to Australia from Great Britain in the early 19th century. The breed was developed from around 1820, and shares the genetics of Cairn Terriers, Skye Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, and Irish Terriers – as these were all crossed into the breed. Officially recognised as a distinct breed in 1850, it wasn't until 1892 that it was renamed the Australian Terrier.

Diet

The Australian Terrier is not a fussy eater, and has a hearty appetite. However, it is not prone to overeating. Half a cup to a cup of dry food a day for adult dogs is recommended.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

The best way to maintain your Aussie’s long wiry coat is by grooming it several times per week, doing this will stimulate the coats natural oils and leave it shining and free from knots. Be careful not to wash your Aussies too often, as it tends to leave their coats looking lank. The hair around their eyes and ears will also need an occasional trim.

Comments

These dogs were bred as ratters, and have a strong instinct to chase anything that moves. This can include snakes, so be careful when walking them in areas where snakes have been spotted.