Australian Terrier Dog Breed Information
Although little, this is one tough terrier. The following Australian Terrier breed information profile bears out as much. Not sure if the Aussie Terrier is the best breed for you? Visit our puppies for sale
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The Australian Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Australian Terrier emerged from the Australian Outback sometime during the 19th century. The breed was developed from the Rough-Coated Terrier and believed to be crossed with numerous other terriers including the Dandle Dinmont, old Black-and-Tan Terrier, Irish Terrier and Cairn Terrier. In their earliest days, Australian Terriers could be found hunting down snakes and vermin, guarding livestock, and watching over homes and families.
The Australian Terrier weighs 14 to 16 pounds and measures 10 to 11 inches.
The Australian Terrier has a harsh coat and sheds very little. The Australian Terrier is naturally clean and just requires a weekly brushing as well as the occasional bath. If shown, the Australian Terrier's coat can also be hand stripped for a neater appearance.
Like all dogs, the Australian Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Australian Terrier is cheerful and lively.
The Australian Terrier loves spending time with family and is happiest when included in their activities. In general, the Australian Terrier is outgoing and likes to be around people. They are humorous and spirited, if not a little mischievous. Australian Terriers have a feisty charm and are quite content to be the center of attention.
Like most terrier breeds, Australian Terriers make effective watch dogs. They were bred to be guardians and have naturally keen senses. Plus, they are bold and courageous, and have no problem going up against a much larger dog if challenged. While typically friendly, Australian Terriers can also be wary of new people.
Although intelligent and a quick learner, the Australian Terrier is willful and wants to be in charge. They also tend to bore easily. Australian Terriers respond best to firm, but kind training in addition to short, varied sessions. Treats, praise and affection will also go far.
As part of their training, Australian Terriers needs plenty of early socialization. If not well socialized, they can be aggressive with dogs of the same sex and suspicious of strangers.
The Australian Terrier has lots of energy and needs regular, but not strenuous exercise. The Australian Terrier should have a long daily walk in addition to time outside in a secure yard to run around and play.