|Group:||Terriers (Group 2)|
|Club:||Australian Terrier Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mr John Davidson|
Background Proudly Australian, the breed evolved from a variety of British terriers that had been brought out to this country by settlers. Specifically bred for Australian conditions, this hard-bitten tough little terrier was used for everything from guarding the farms and mines to hunting, and from tending the sheep to killing rats and snakes. Although essentially a working terrier, the "Aussie" as they are affectionately known, soon endeared themselves to all those with whom they came in contact as a very desirable companion dog in their own right. Equally suited to town or country living, the Australian Terrier is noted for its loyalty, intelligence and even disposition. They are neither highly strung nor a persistent barker, but with their inbuilt spirit, courage and air of self assurance, happily assumes the role of protector for home and household. Sturdy, with a harsh easy-to-care for coat, and a history of longevity, the Australian Terrier finds much favour as both an indoor and outdoor companion. Affectionate and well-mannered this spunky little dog tends to develop its own amusing and endearing characteristics to delight the family.
Average Lifespan The average lifespan of an Australian Terrier is 12 - 15 years or longer.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Australian Terrier is an even tempered dog, versatile in movement, good company for young and old, it delights in human companionship. Small and tough, it is equally at home on a farm or in a suburban backyard and makes a good house dog. Not a constant barker, it prefers to bark at something amiss.
Compatibility with other pets The Aussie adapts well to other pets i.e. cats and dogs (but remember they are a hunting/sporting terrier so rabbits, guinea pigs etc may prove a problem). Best introduced to other pets at an early age, but even when mature they do assimilate easily into a new household - however extreme care should be taken with 2 adults of same sex.
Care Requirements A low set, sturdy, rough-coated dog. Extremely well adapted for Australia’s climate and protected by a double coat - a soft undercoat with a weather resistant harsher top coat which grows to a length of 6.5cm (2 1/2 inches). In maturity both sexes have a ruff framing the head at the neck which then extends into an apron covering the chest. It has a topknot of lighter colour, finer texture to main body coat. Brush their coat a couple of times a week as the brushing stimulates the natural oils in their coat giving them a high gloss. Bathe only when necessary. Minimum exercise is needed, but they will enjoy a daily walk or free roam in a fenced yard.
Please Take Note The Aussie is essentially a hunting/sporting terrier (terrier meaning earth dog), so must have good secure fencing and never be off lead in a public area.
Ideal Owner/s All Australians who want a warm hearted "character" for a lifelong friend and companion and suited to most of life’s situations. The breed is easy to train for both show and obedience competition or for a well-mannered pet.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Australian Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.