Australian terrier

Description Australian terrier

Spirited, Optimistic, Curious
Once upon a time they were supposed to catch rats and snakes. In the meantime, the Australian Terrier has become a lovable family dog. The small, funny fellows quickly conquer every heart, they skillfully wrap you around their finger. If your terrier has enough exercise and exercise, you can keep him in a city apartment. With his balanced character, he is a reliable companion for single people and families.FCI Group: Terriers

  • Size: Small
  • Weight: 5.4-7.3kg
  • Life expectancy: 11-15 years
  • Coat type: long hair
  • Colours: Blue (steel blue, dark grey-blue) with rich tan, sand, red

Character Australian terrier

With a height of about 25 cm at the withers , Australian Terriers remain relatively small. Bitches are more delicate than their male counterparts. Your Australian will accompany you for 11 to 15 years .
Relatively short legs supporting an elongated body, a pointed head with a funny mop of hair, that’s an Australian Terrier. His gait is energetic, free and springy.

From the side you can see that the head is relatively flat and has a pronounced stop. The nose is black and the muzzle is well developed. With his small, light brown, slightly oval eyes, he looks happily into the world. Not the slightest sound escapes the pointed, erect ears.
The top coat is dense and somewhat harsh, while the undercoat is soft and short.

The fur forms the distinctive, breed-typical ruff around the neck. The silver crest is also typical. You can choose between different colors in this breed. Most commonly, you’ll find Australian Terriers with a blue coat, with tan on the head and legs. Slightly rarer are uniformly red or sand-colored animals.

Regarded as the smallest working terrier, it is still used in Australia to catch rats, snakes and other small animals.
Like all terriers, your Australian is keen on moving and always enthusiastic about new things. You have the most fun with your dog when you keep it busy . That’s what he was bred for. Then he unfolds his whole personality and his lovable nature.

Constantly fun and ready for anything, the breed is gaining popularity in Europe. His balanced nature makes him a popular family dog. Loyal and affectionate, he is a delightful companion. If he is used to children, he is very patient.
Though small, he defends home, yard, and his people with determination without being a barker.

He is open and friendly to other dogs and strangers.
We recommend that you train or educate an Australian Terrier as a puppy, because they can also be very stubborn.

Diet Australian terrier

For the small animals with their small stomachs, it is an advantage if they eat several portions throughout the day. The composition and quantity of the food depends on the age and activity level of your dog.
Make sure there is always enough fresh water available.
As active dogs, Australian Terriers need food with a high concentration of energy . Especially if you do sports with him, use a performance feed or a high-energy feed additive.

The puppies get special puppy food. When your little rascal is 1 year old, you switch to normal food. There is food for seniors that is tailored to the needs of older dogs.
Whether dry or wet food – it is important that the food is of high quality and contains all the necessary nutrients. That is the be-all and end-all of a healthy diet.

With dry food , you also have to be careful that the chunks are not too big, but also not too small. Your dog should be able to chew them and not just gulp them down.
Other options are BARF or you can prepare your dog’s food yourself.
Finding the right amount of food requires a little instinct and experience. In dogs that have a little more fur, the condition of the food is difficult to see.

Your Australian Terrier has the best shape when you can clearly feel the back ribs.
If your four-legged friend is too fat, it is just as harmful for him as for a human being. Circulation, tendons and joints are unnecessarily burdened.
You have to include treats that you give in between in the feed ration.


Your Australian’s coat is easy to care for, it doesn’t need to be trimmed, simple combing will do. You should only pluck out the hairs in the ear cups.
Check your eyes and hair regularly. The hair around the eyes should not irritate the eyes. You can gently pluck them out.

You should only bathe him when absolutely necessary and not too often. A dog shampoo makes his fur silky, but the fur loses its dirt-repellent effect. His skin can therefore dry out faster and become scaly
The claws should be trimmed regularly.
Your little Australian is full of energy, he wants to move a lot. Give him the opportunity to do so by taking him for a walk or riding his bike.

It is ideal if you are looking for a sporting activity with your four-legged friend. Here the choice is large. Whether you choose to do obedience, dog dancing, agility, or something else entirely, your Aussie will be enthusiastic about it. Perhaps you will find your field of activity in a rescue dog squadron or tending sheep.
It is important that you do something together that you enjoy.

Your terrier lives out its urge to move and is mentally encouraged. You will find that you too will face one or the other challenge that needs to be mastered. In joint training you strengthen your bond and become a team.
In dog sports, your four-legged friend has contact with other dogs. As a pack animal, he needs this for his mental balance.

Although a terrier, the Australian Terrier is easier to train. It is suitable for beginners. Be loving and consistent in training. Don’t forget that an Aussie can also be very stubborn.
The Australian is adaptable.

He can live in the city or in the countryside with enough exercise. He feels just as comfortable in a family with children as with a single person. Important is the close contact to his people and a job that keeps him busy.


In the mid-19th century, British immigrants brought their dogs to Australia. They became the ancestors of the Australian Terrier.
Today’s Australian Terrier originated from various breeds such as the Dandie Dinmont, Broken Coated Terrier, Scotch Terrier, Irish Terrier and the Cairn Terrier. Yorkshire Terriers and Sky Terriers were probably also crossed.
The Australian Terrier is the first dog breed to originate in Australia. The settlers needed a small, agile working dog .

They only bred for work, appearance was secondary. The dogs were supposed to destroy vermin, guard property, herd sheep. They should also defy heat, cold and rough bushland.
The miners sent the brave, tough dogs down the shafts first. There they killed the poisonous snakes and saved the lives of so many people.

The breed quickly spread across the entire continent. The Australian is hardly known in Europe. In 1906 the first Australian Terrier came to England. The first representatives of the breed did not come to Germany until the 1970s .
The first official breed standard was in 1896.

At that time, in addition to prick ears, animals with hanging ears were also allowed. Only since 1947 have Australian Terriers been allowed to have pricked ears.
The breed has been recognized by the FCI since 1963 and breeding is overseen by the Australian Terrier Club . The club has set the breeding standard that is valid today.

Australian terrier Accessories

The first equipment includes a food bowl and a water bowl .
If you go outside, you need a collar for your fur nose or a well-fitting harness for such a small dog . Try out in the store which of the many harnesses suits your dog best. There is a large selection and the brand that is currently in fashion is not always good and suitable for your dog.
You either hook a short, solid line to the harness or, if you want your Aussie to have a little more freedom, a flexible line .

Your dog must be able to retreat. A cozy blanket , a basket placed in a quiet corner of the apartment, do a good job here and are gladly accepted.
Your active terrier loves to have lots of toys around, and each dog develops different preferences. For some, chasing after a ball is the greatest fun, for others, tug toys may be more exciting. Use your dog as a guide when choosing games.

Also remember that you will have to transport your little friend by car. Be it to the vet or to visit friends. A transport box does a good job here.

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