When Australians wanted a particular type of dog to do a particular job, they created it by crossbreeding dogs that were available to them. Such was the beginning of the Australian Terrier. From a mixture of several terrier breeds, including the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, which endowed the Aussie with its typical topknot, an efficient ratter and watchdog evolved. As a bonus, the breed is an entertaining pet, well suited to either city or country life. This terrier’s small size, just 10 inches at the shoulder, and course-haired natural coat make it an “easy keeper.” Color may be blue with tan markings, clear sandy or red. A good weekly brushing and some trimming around the feet and ears will keep this dog looking neat. Its exercise requirements are easily met with brief walks or playtimes two or three times a day. This little dog enjoys the company of children and makes an endearing companion and an excellent watchdog.
Terrier Dog Breeds
The Terrier Group is made up of tough and resilient dog breeds. Terriers have high energy levels and respond instantly to anything unusual in their environments. Rugged, courageous and self-sufficient, Terriers were developed in England centuries ago. They were expected to hunt, eradicate vermin, guard their families’ homes and serve…
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This Dog is a Cheerful Mate
The adventurous Australian Terrier wants to be where the action is. After winning Best of Breed honors one morning, it was off to the Earthdog trial for Circe, a 3-year-old Australian Terrier. “The day was cold and rainy,” recalls owner Marilyn Harban, a breeder in Tennessee. “But Circe was impervious…
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