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Australian Terrier Dog Breed Profile

Australian Terrier

Other Names
Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification
The Australian Terrier is a member of the terrier group. They are small sturdy dogs, essentially used as working terriers, but can make excellent companion dogs. Today they are used in obedience and agility trials, but they also make great watchdogs and family pets. 
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
< £4 per week
Feeding Requirements
These dogs are not expensive to feed. 
Other Expenses
The price of a puppy is around £275. As they are a hardy breed and have very little grooming requirements, they are not an expensive breed to keep.  
9 - 15 years
The Aussie does best as a house dog and can quite happily live until 14 years of age. 
Average Litter Size
Aussies will have 4 or 5 puppies in an averaged sized litter.  
General Physical Description
The Aussie is a lively outgoing terrier that loves human company. They are small but very sturdy, having been bred to be able to jump and run. There is a lot of character and terrier temperament in this small dog. They are busy little dogs that will do what they can to please. They differ from some other terriers in that they have a long neck and back. Their coats are harsh and straight on top and shorter and softer underneath.
Height Min Max
Bitch 25.4cm (10") 25.4cm (10")
Dog 25.4cm (10") 25.4cm (10")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 6.34kg (14lbs) 6.34kg (14lbs)
Dog 6.34kg (14lbs) 6.34kg (14lbs)
Size Category
Weight Height Range
The Aussie stands at approximately 25.4cms at the withers and weighs approximately 6.34kgs. 
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
The Australian Terrier was created in Australia by the British in the early 19th century. They were created from terriers imported from northern England and Scotland. The result of this cross was the Aussie, used for hunting snakes and small animals. They were also used to guard the mines and sheep. They were granted official recognition by the Kennel Club of Great Britain in 1936, and in 1958 the American Kennel Club accepted them. 
They are very intelligent little dogs that need firm training. They like to be kept busy, and if you do not give them something to do they will find something themselves. They have a great sense of fun and are enthusiastic about life. They are wary of strangers but in general are not too suspicious. If they are brought up with cats and young children then they can all live together quite peacefully.< 
Show Characteristics
The head should be long and strong with an alert expression. The nose should be black and the muzzle have an inverted V shape area, along the bridge of the nose (from nose to muzzle), with less hair. The jaws should allow a strong scissor bite, top teeth over bottom teeth. The eyes should be small, set well apart and be of a dark brown colour. The ears should never be cropped, and should be standing erect by four months of age. The neck should be long and blend into long shoulders. The legs should be well boned and muscular. The body is long in proportion to the height with a level topline. The feet should be small with tight toes. If docked, the tail should be set high and carried erect but not over the back. If undocked, it should again be set high and carried upright and as straight as possible, giving a good overall balance. The lower parts of the legs, the feet and the muzzle should have no long hair, the coat is harsh, straight and dense with a short, soft undercoat. They should be blue, steel blue or dark grey blue with a rich tan colour on the face, ears, feet and under carriage. The unacceptable colours are clear sandy, red or any dark shading.  
Country Of Origin
Famous Examples
Records Held
Overall Exercise
80 - 100 minutes per day.
These dogs require an adequate amount of exercise, but at the same time they are quite happy to fit in with your lifestyle. They are dogs that have a lot of energy and do enjoy nothing better than a good long walk. 
Distress if Left Alone
Personal Protection
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children


General Character And Temperament
The Aussie is an intelligent, friendly little dog, that is very good at obedience and agility. They are very anxious to please and make good watchdogs. They are not yappy, as some of the small dogs can be, but will bark if necessary. They have to be trained quite strictly as they can do their own thing otherwise. They can be stubborn but they do love to please and revel in lots of human contact and praise. They are an active, outgoing and fun-loving breed.  
Coat Length
Grooming Requirement
> Once a week 
Requires Professional Groomer
An Aussie terrier in top condition will lose very little hair. They are easy to groom and have a weather resistant coat. These dogs should never be clipped and, if necessary should be plucked instead. They should be brushed and combed at least once a week and the ears checked for hair that may block the canals. 
The Aussie can be blue and tan, steel blue, dark grey blue, solid sandy, red or solid black. There can be a change in coat colour when the puppy is about nine months old. 
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies