The Australian Terrier dog is one of the smallest of the working terriers. They were bred to be a worker and a companion.
Australian Rough-Coated Terrier
Body: The body is long in relation to height, medium-boned and sturdy.
Coat: Rough or harsh to the touch with a soft, weather-resistant undercoat.
Color: Blue or gray, with tan face markings, solid sandy or solid red.
Ears: Small, erect and pointed; set high and wide apart.
Eyes: Small, dark brown to black in color and vibrant.
Feet: Small, compact and cat-like with arched toes and short, black nails.
Head: Long and strong with a flat skull in equal proportion to the length of the muzzle.
Neck: Long, slightly arched and strong.
Legs: Forelegs are straight and medium-boned. Hind legs are well-muscled and angled at the hocks.
Height is 10 – 11 inches
Weight is 14 – 18 pounds
Tail: Docked and carried erect.
The Australian Terrier breed is affectionate, loyal and protective with an even disposition. They are excellent with children, adaptable to apartment life and can withstand most any climate. The Aussie is a great choice for a home, for the city, or for life on a farm.
This is a bold, energetic and intelligent dog with a keen sense of hearing and smell. They’re self-assured and alert to all that goes on around them making them a good watch dog who will alert you of any intruders.
The Aussie is intelligent, has acute hearing ability, very good eyesight and a weather-proof double coat enabling them to tolerate most climates. This small but devoted and spirited dog is a good choice for any family or single owner. Though, if single, be sure you are able to provide your Aussie with plenty of companionship and daily exercise.
As with all small dogs, they can be injured easily by young children who don’t yet understand how to respect them.
The Australian Terrier will live nicely with other pets though they will likely make it clear that they are the boss. They will also give chase to anything that runs and may disappear quickly if not well trained to obey your commands.
AKC Group: Terrier Group
Originally bred and used to hunt and kill rats and to guard farm houses.
Care and Grooming
Exercise: Moderate exercise and play is recommended. The Aussie loves to play and will enjoy accompanying you on your daily walks.
Grooming: Because of the double coat it’s necessary to brush the Aussie weekly and keep his hind-end trimmed and free from matting.
Life Expectancy: 14 Years.
Luxating Patella – parents should be screened for this.
The Australian Terrier is hardy, healthy and free of any major hereditary diseases.
Country of Origin
Australia – 1800s