|Group:||Terriers (Group 2)|
|Club:||Tenterfield Terrier Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Phone:||0417 527 024|
Background The forefathers of the Tenterfield Terrier originated in England. The fox hunters of the day found they needed to develop a small dog of great agility that was able to go to ground and chase out vermin from their dens and then able to leap into the saddlebags on the horse to pursue the chase with the hounds. The early settlers to Australia brought out the Tenterfield Terrier as a working dog for vermin. The breed was widely used throughout England and Australia for ratting, rabbiting as well as fox hunting. Over the next hundred or so years, the breed became quite established in Australia as a working terrier and family companion. There was hardly a farm in Australia that didn’t have at least one of these terriers. There is a photo taken in the late 1800s of a police party searching for missing drovers. In the front of the photo is a Tenterfield Terrier. The breed was developed in Australia to the type it is today - a "true Aussie".
Average Lifespan The Tenterfield Terrier is well known for its lengthy lifespan. It is not unusual for these dogs to live to be 12-20 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Tenterfield Terrier is a strong, very intelligent, active, agile working terrier of great versatility. He has proven himself, without question, as a hunter of vermin and of being an extremely loving pet. The Tenterfield Terrier is at home either hunting vermin (large and small) on the land and around the home and property or curled up on a loving knee in front of a fire. He is an ideal companion for both children and the elderly alike. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.
Compatibility with other pets The Tenterfield Terrier is very amicable with other pets. They are often used as companion dogs for larger breeds. They can become the best of friends with the family cat when introduced as a puppy. They get along very well with other Tenterfields, even when running in a pack. The Tenterfield Terrier is a true terrier in temperament and therefore will not hesitate to "stand up for himself" should he feel threatened.
Care Requirements The Tenterfield Terrier is a simple wash and wear dog. They need very little upkeep other than keeping their toenails trimmed, the teeth clean (as with any breed) and occasional brushing to remove loose hair (especially when dropping summer and winter coats).
Ideal Owner/s The Tenterfield Terrier is extremely adaptable to most home situations. He is quite the farm / working terrier or the loving household pet. He is ideally suited to both children and the elderly. They will eagerly play and romp with the children and /or curl up on the knee of someone less active. They love getting out and about for a walk or run and equally enjoy a game of ball for those who are unable to take their loving pet for a walk.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Tenterfield 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.