Australian Terriers are smart, plucky, boisterous, and exceptionally obedient compared to many of their terrier brethren. They make for curious and and confident companions.
Originally from Tasmania, this small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 12-18 pounds and lives an average of 11-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Terrier group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Pest Control
Breed Group: Terrier
Average Lifespan: 11-15 years
Bark Factor: Moderate
AKC RANKING 109
AREA OF ORIGIN Australia
DATE OF ORIGIN 1900s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION killing small vermin
TODAY'S FUNCTION earthdog trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 10-11 Weight: 12-14
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 10-11 Weight: 12-14
OTHER NAME none
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Moderately affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangers Shy
Ease of training Easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Moderate maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS AN AUSTRALIAN TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
This is a very smart, somewhat energetic, and affectionate breed. They can be playful, and they're good with children. Australian Terriers are fairly friendly with other dogs and pets but often shy with strangers. They're outgoing companions who thrive in the company of their people.
WHAT IS AUSTRALIAN TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Australian Terriers are vigilant watchdogs, though not inclined to be protective. You might want to keep an eye on this dog in the backyard — they do enjoy digging and chasing any furry thing foolish enough to skitter into their territory. They then love to tell the neighborhood about their exploits: they're somewhat prone to barking.
Daily exercise should satisfy their inquisitive minds and moderate exercise needs. A good romp in the yard or trip to the dog park will do the trick.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN AN AUSTRALIAN TERRIER?
Australian Terriers are people-pleasers and quick learners, making them exceptionally responsive and easy to train. Consider daily training sessions to keep your Australian Terrier's mind active.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO AUSTRALIAN TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
An Australian Terrier's hair is designed to withstand the weather. Its undercoat is short and soft; its outer coat is straight and harsh, usually about 3 inches long.
They don't require much fuss; their short coats resist matting and makes dirt and mud easy to shake off. They don't shed much and won't require frequent trips to the groomers.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO AUSTRALIAN TERRIERS HAVE?
Most Australian Terriers don't require much in the way of medical treatment, either. Dogs their size can sometimes experience luxating kneecaps or hip-joint malformations. Some Australian Terriers develop digestive or skin allergies, diabetes, or immune deficiencies, but these problems are rare.
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ARE AUSTRALIAN TERRIERS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Australian Terriers among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and allergy-aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, so they produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with an Australian Terrier! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT'S AN AUSTRALIAN TERRIER'S BEST DAY?
Be with me! Play with me! Chase the rabbits with me! Let's go for a walk! Let's dig holes! Your Australian Terrier really doesn't mind what you two do so long as you do it together.
SHOULD I ADOPT AN AUSTRALIAN TERRIER?
Australian Terriers are cute, funny, adaptable, and economy-sized, making them ok for apartment and small-house dwellers who will find this dog's terrier tendencies (barking, digging, and chasing furry friends) charming. They're tolerant of moderately cold and warm temperatures, but not at all tolerant of being left by their lonesome — Australian Terriers want to keep you company. They're good with (supervised) children but are also happy to love a singleton. Most of all, they are spirited, courageous, and devoted to their people or person. An Australian Terrier packs a lot of personality into a tiny package!
Have you decided that an Australian Terrier is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.