Australian Terrier Resource

Australian Terrier

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.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Small Dog Breed
Blue and tan, sandy or red.

Course-haired and strait.


Brush weekly. Trim ears and feet as needed.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
AKC Group:
Terrier Group
UKC Group:
10 to 11 inches at the shoulder
Proportionate to height
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