All About the Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier might look small, but it packs plenty of sass into this tiny package. This breed is lively and upbeat with plenty of curiosity driving it.

What You Should Know

The Australian Terrier is one of the smallest working terriers in the world. It was originally bred in Tasmania, from several other European breeds. A lot of its background is shared with the Silky Terrier. The purpose of creating this dog was to have an animal with a striking appearance that was also useful. In the mix is the Scotch, Yorkshire Terrier, Dandie Dinmont, Skye, and Manchester Terrier.

The first breed was showcased in the late 1800s as the Blue Terrier. In the early 1900s, the name changed to Rough-Coated Terrier. By 1925, this breed made its way to America, but it wasn’t until 1960 that it received formal AKC recognition.

What Sound Do They Make?

The Australian Terrier is not a quiet dog. It likes to bark and is quick to sound warning alarms anytime there is a new sound or sight. With proper training, this can be stopped.

Here you can listen to an Australian Terrier named Charlie barking in his backyard.

Group Characteristics

The Australian Terrier loves to be active. It spends a lot of time barking, digging and chasing. It’s also a bossy breed. This dog wants to be the dominant figure when multiple animals are present. It’s not always wise to put two male Australian Terriers together or they could fight over the top spot. As a pet, it’s vital to establish dominance over the dog in its younger years.

With early training and proper socialization, this dog will be happy with a family.

The Australian Terrier hits puberty by seven months old. Its typical litter size is four puppies.

How Many are There?

There’s no official count on how popular this dog is worldwide, but we do know that it ranks 140 out of the top AKC breeds. This shows families in America like to have this dog in their homes, but it certainly isn’t one of the most popular.

Pop Culture

While terriers, in general, get used often in film and movies, it’s difficult to find any that are specifically Australian Terriers. It just doesn’t appear to be a top breed for the entertainment industry. Nor are there any notable people that acknowledge owning one.

Australian Terriers are used as therapy dogs. Studies suggest that this breed helps to lower blood pressure, accelerate recovery and relieve tension.

Interesting Facts

In a study done by the 2002 Australian Terrier Club, several health problems were found with the Australian Terrier. The most notable included diabetes, allergic dermatitis, and musculoskeletal concerns. Other minor conditions include ear infections and adult-onset cataracts.

While the Australian Terrier is found in numerous countries, it is most popular in Australia, the UK, Ireland, and the United States.

This dog breed prefers to live with lots of space but has been able to conform to small apartments. If they must remain indoors, it’s essential to ensure they receive plenty of daily exercise. Otherwise, they become depressed.

The Australian Terrier was once a popular breed in the UK to control the outbreak of mice and other rodents.

The Australian Terrier reaches up to 11 inches high and weighs up to 16 pounds. It features a shaggy, rough and waterproof double coat that often looks blue, tan, red or sandy-colored.