Originally bred as a sentinel and for hunting small vermin and tending livestock, the Australian Terrier is small and tough dog.
This versatile worker has a a keen, alert expression and is a suitable companion in most environments.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE Australian Terrier
The Australian Terrier dog has an attractive ruff circling the neck with a crest of longer hair that enhances its intelligent and keen expression.
This working terrier has a medium-boned, small, and sturdy body that is longer than it is tall. It can withstand harsh conditions and shows a ground-covering gait.
The Australian Terrier’s coat, which is blue and tan or red in color, is weatherproof.
It is comprised of a 2.5-inch long outer coat that is both straight and harsh, and a soft, short undercoat.
PERSONALITY AND TEMPERAMENT OF THE Australian Terrier
This Aussie breed is always eager to please, quite clever, and among the most obedient of terriers.
It mixes well with other household pets and dogs, but is shy around strangers.
Being a true “Earth” dog, it enjoys digging.
Even though it is among the quietest of terriers, it is also a tough and spirited dog, on its mark and chasing rodents whenever it can.
CARE OF THE Australian Terrier
A well-behaved house dog, the Terrier should be allowed to spend lots of time with its family.
However, in order to prevent frustration, this adventurous and playful breed requires daily exercise in the form of a playful game, a moderate walk, or an off leash run.
The wire coat requires combing every week and stripping of dead hairs twice a year. For a neat look, the hair around the feet should be trimmed.
This terrier was bred to tolerate harsh Australian weather conditions; thus it can stay outside in warm and temperate climates.
The Terrier, which has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years, may be prone to health problems like Legg-Perthes disease, cruciate ligament rupture, and seizures.
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