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Australian Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Australian Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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Australian Terrier
OriginAustralia
Other Names
What other names does the Australian Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Aussie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Australian Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is Australian Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.
Price
How much does the Australian Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Australian Terrier price:
$1000-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Australian Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Australian Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Australian Terrier gets to a happy place.

Australian Terrier History

The Australian Terrier, also known as Aussie, is one of the oldest Australian breeds. Much of the development of the breed was not recorded and has been lost to history. However, it is believed to be descended from a dog known as the Rough-Coated Terrier in the early 19th century, a relative of the old Scotch dog of Great Britain. According to experts, this Terrier was crossed with other British Terriers as well, who were brought to Australia, including the precursor of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Skye, the Yorkshire, and the Black and Tan Terrier. The result was the tough and courageous Aussie.

Although first discovered by Dutch explorers in 1606, the first European settlements on the Australian mainland were not made until the 1780s. The continent was widely considered to be too harsh, distant, and not economically valuable enough to be worth European settlement. That changed when several prominent British thinkers decided to use Australia and the nearby island of Tasmania as prison colonies. Convicts would be sent from Britain to improve the Australian landscape. Eventually, British settlers brought their beloved dogs with them to their new home. It is unclear when exactly the first terrier arrived on Australian soil, but it was likely around the early 1800s. As the settlers faced harsh conditions, they were in need of a hardy, fearless dog that could work in all kinds of weather. The Australian Terriers were bred to control and exterminate rats and snakes on the waterfront, in gold mines, and on sheep stations in the outback. They were also used as watchdogs, shepherds, and companions to the people living in these remote areas.

Moreover, the Australian Terrier is the first native breed to be recognized and shown in Australia. The breed was first shown as the Australian rough-coated Terrier in 1868 in Melbourne, and he was officially renamed Australian Terrier in 1897. Moreover, in 1887 the first Australian Terrier breed club was founded, becoming the first organized breed club in Australia. Furthermore, the Aussie was brought to England by members of the foreign service and the British aristocracy. The breed was recognized by the Kennel Club in England in 1933. Starting in the late 1940s, servicemen and other travelers brought their Australian Terriers to the United States, where the breed eventually debuted at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1957. Nell Fox of Pleasant Pastures kennels, the author of a book called  Australian Terrier helped bring recognition to the breed in this country.

In 1960, the Australian Terrier became the 114th breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, the first new terrier breed in 21 years. The Australian Terrier Club of America was formed in 1957 and became a member of the club of the AKC in 1977.

Australian Terrier General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Australian Terrier size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Australian Terrier weigh? Australian Terrier weight:
9-14 pounds (4-6 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Australian Terrier? Australian Terrier average weight:
11.5 pounds (5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Australian Terrier? Australian Terrier height:
9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Australian Terrier average height:
10 inches (25.5 cm)

Australian Terrier Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Australian Terrier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Australian Terrier's coat?
Blue TanSandyRed
Grooming
How to groom the Australian Terrier and how often?
Average: The Australian Terrier requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Australian Terrier, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Australian Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Aussie? Australian Terrier shedding level:
Australian Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Australian Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Australian Terrier Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Australian Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertCourageousLoyalIntelligentCompanionableOutrightTemperedSpirited
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Australian Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Australian Terrier's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Australian Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Australian Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Australian Terrier is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Australian Terrier sensitivity:
Australian Terriers are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well. They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, noisy or office environment and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Australian Terriers are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Aussie need? Australian Terrier social needs:
Australian Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Australian Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Aussie bark?
Average: The Australian Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Australian Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Australian Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Australian Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Australian Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Australian Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Australian Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Australian Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Aussie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Australian Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Australian Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Australian Terrier do?
Australian Terriers have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Australian Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Australian Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Australian Terrier roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Terrier is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Australian Terrier have high prey drive?
Australian Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Australian Terrier dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Australian Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem a legjobb választás Australian Terrier, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Australian Terrier tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Australian Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Australian Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Australian Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Australian Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Australian Terrier temperament with other people:
Australian Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Australian Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Australian Terrier temperament with children:
Australian Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Australian Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Australian Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Australian Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Australian Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Australian Terriers are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Australian Terrier is not the best choice.
Office Friendly
Are Australian Terriers good office dogs? Do Australian Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Australian Terriers be office dogs?
No
Australian Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Australian Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Aussie temperament with senior people? Are Australian Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Australian Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Australian Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Australian Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Australian Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Australian Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Australian Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Australian Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Australian Terrier be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Australian Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Australian Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Australian Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Australian Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Australian Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Australian Terrier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Australian Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Australian Terriers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Australian Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Australian Terrier be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Australian Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Australian Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Australian Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Australian Terrier?
Australian Terriers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Australian Terrier dogs require per day?
Australian Terriers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Australian Terriers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Australian Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Australian Terrier risk for obesity:
Average. The Australian Terrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Australian Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Australian Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Australian Terrier drool?
The Australian Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Australian Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Australian Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Australian Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Australian Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Australian Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Australian Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Australian Terrier Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Australian Terrier's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Australian Terriers are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Australian Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Hypoallergenic: Australian Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Australian Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Australian Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Mouthiness: Australian Terriers have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Australian Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Australian Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Australian Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Australian Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Australian Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Australian Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Australian Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Australian Terriers are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: Australian Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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