The Australian Terrier is one of the smallest members of the Terrier family. Here you find a short legged, well-built tiny dog. We see a long head with V shaped ears, wonderful keen expression. Their nose is black and it has a distinctive V shaped part above. Their teeth should meet in a scissor bite. They are just a shade longer than they are tall at about nine to ten inches in height. We see a deep chest that is set well under their body. They have small cat like feet, with arched toes ending in black nails. They have a topknot which only covers the top of the skull. For their colouring, you see solid tan, shades of blue and this includes dark blue, with many other shades of blue as well. They can be silver-blue, here we see the dark colour on the tip of the hair but each hair is alternate throughout. Solid red is found in this breed and blue and tan. Their coat is double that is about two to three inches long.
History: The Australian Terrier dog has been developed in Australia and is thought to have been from these breeds of Terrier, the Norwich, Yorkshire, Skye, Cairn and Dandie Dinmont. Their use was for rodent and snake control. They have been used as shepherd dogs, agility, performing tricks and watchdogs. Here we meet the first recognized dog to be native to Australia.
Temperament: The Australian Terrier dog wants to please, and this enables the dog to be one of the best to train, in the terrier family. This breed is spirited, curious, and loveable, all with boundless energy. Top that with more courage than a lot of the larger dogs. This dog is loyal and shows his owner lots of affection. With all this the dog is very intelligent and self assured. He has keen hearing and eye sight. Unlike some Terriers, this dog is not snappy, but loves to bark and training is needed to curtail their keenness for barking. As with all dogs this dog needs to know you are the boss, good training and consistent reinforcement will help the dog with this, and it’s keen self confidence. This dog is friendly with other dogs and pets.
Health issues: Here we have a dog that is generally of good health. There are no set conditions that the Australian Terrier breed suffers with.
Grooming: The Australian Terrier dog will need brushing every other day. Its coat is long but it is easily cared for. When you brush the coat you help release oils that give the dog a beautiful shine. Bathing has to be limited as this strips the protective oils. As part of the Terrier family this dog will need plucking every few months. This breed sheds little.
Living conditions: The Australian Terrier dog is fine to live in an apartment but will need to be taken out on walks as well. Keep them on a lead, when out, as they can chase other small animals and will love this, leaving you in their wake.