- AKC recognized in 1960
- Lifespan: 11-15 years
- Size: Small
- Energy: High
- Recommended Crate Size: 24” dog crate*
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Australian Terrier dogs are descended from another terrier type from Great Britain, but they were developed in Australia in the early 19th century. The ancestral type of this terrier were designed to catch rats and be watchdogs. Australian Terriers were also called Rough Coated Terriers due to their coat. Although they are classified as more active than other terriers, their life span is on average the same. Major causes of the death of this breed are mostly cancer, followed by old age, diabetes, and some causes are still yet undetermined.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Australian Terrier in 1960. These high energy dogs are known as very active, plucky, spirited, smart, and upbeat. This dog breed is well suited to kids, both young and old. They expect to be treated as a family member, or at least your best buddy. The Australian Terrier is adaptable to most climates. They have the natural aggressiveness of a hunter but you can also count on their obedience.
Australian Terrier dogs have short legs and a medium length shaggy, harsh coat. The dogs weigh around 14-19 pounds and are 10-12 inches standing height. Their fur is shorter on the muzzle, lower legs, and feet. There are standard registered colors of the Australian Terrier, which are Blue & Tan, Red, and Sandy. There are also unregistered colors such as Black, Black Red, Black Tan, Blue, Blue Black, Blue Black and Tan, Brindle, Red & Black, Red Tan, Red White, and Sable.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
The Australian Terrier's harsh coat seems to attract dirt and mud. Their double coat has a weatherproof function which sheds little and makes them suitable in most climate conditions. Make sure to keep their coat in its best condition, which will help them stay dry in the cold and cool in hotter weather. They have strong and pretty fast-growing nails so regular trimming is recommended. Check their ears to remove any wax or debris, and brush them regularly.
Since their ancestral types were breed to be watchdogs, Australian Terriers are alert and very trainable. They are quick learners and like to explore. Taking them to walk or to the park so they can dig, chase small creatures, and run are recommended. But beware of their behavior, they can be quite jealous if you pet other dogs they don’t know. They are good with other dogs under your supervision and with proper training.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 24” dog crates* for most adult Australian Terriers.
* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.
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