Australian Terrier


A rugged and hardy small terrier. Courageous and cheerful, but also very adaptable and sensible. One of the easier to live with terriers. Likes to please its owners – very orientated towards the family unit. Ok for first time dog owners.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Moderate – average pet dog exercise of 1 to 1.5 hours a day would be enough. Would easily take more if you wish to.

Size: 11 inches

Weight: 12-18 lbs

Colour: Usually black and tan

Town or Country: Both – they can make good apartment dogs given a reasonable level of exercise

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: A moderately active family with older or respectful children, singles or couples that are moderately active, and who don’t have a lot of home space. Also where someone is willing to be ‘pack leader’, have fun, and likes a dog with a moderately protective nature. Ok for first time owners.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: Australia

Original Purpose: Working. Rat control and as a guard dog.

Living Space: Low inside and out

Coat: Longish, wiry coat

Grooming: High – coat requires brushing several times a week and dead hair needs to be plucked out

Children: Medium – best with older and more considerate children

Sociability with strangers: Medium – can be wary of strangers and make good watchdogs

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Medium to high.

Trainability: Medium to high – eager to please and can be easier to train than some other terrier breeds. However like all terriers require firm handling.

Noise Level: Known to make good watch dogs

Known Health Issues: Hardy breed with no regularly occurring health issues

Lifespan: 11-14 years

Special Needs: None

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