- SIZE: 2
- GROOMING:: 4
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 4
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 4
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: Australian Terrier
- COLOR(S):Tan and blue, solid tan, solid red
The smallest of the working terriers, the Australian Terrier was created by Australian settlers and is affectionately known as the “Aussie.” This breed is one of the few non-English terriers and is often referred to as just a bigger Yorkie. Many believe the breed actually originated from a cross between a Yorkie and Cairn. Regardless, the Australian Terrier is still a rather small dog with the spritely terrier attitude and big, friendly eyes. These dogs come in colors of gray-blue, tan and blue steel with a black nose and perky, prick ears. The Aussie has boundless, playful energy and makes an affectionate and loyal companion to their close family. With a unique warning bark and a natural wariness of strangers, they make excellent watchdogs. These alert, feisty and self-confident dogs will get along well with other members of the family including children and other pets. Additionally, they make great companions to the elderly and the handicapped due to their quiet and loving nature.
Like any terrier, the Australian Terrier is spunky, witted and charming. This breed is feisty, dutiful and friendly. The Australian Terrier is a courageous breed that is always alert and on call. With a spirited and self-confident attitude, they remain affectionate with their families but wary of strangers. Even though they are not completely friendly with strangers, they do get along well with other children and other pets. They do best with older children.
Australian Terriers are relatively easy in terms of grooming. Their coat is easy to care for and only requires brushing a couple of times a week to stimulate the natural oils that give the coat a high gloss. These dogs should only be bathed when necessary.
Australian Terriers are known to be prone to several different health concerns. These may include suffering from dislocated kneecaps, skin problems, deterioration of the hip joint, diabetes milletus and cancer. They are also sensitive to eye and ear problems.
Aussies require minimal exercise to stay healthy and happy. They enjoy daily walks and roaming free in a fenced yard.
The intelligence of this breed makes the Australian Terrier easy to train for both competition and obedience. Investing in training can also simply result in a well-mannered pet.