Australian Terriers

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This small and sturdy terrier is Australian born and bred. More tolerant than most, they are unusually kid friendly and are equally comfortable in an apartment -- or on a farm.

Covered in a medium short coat that needs either regular stripping (pulling out the soft undercoat) or clippering, this versatile terrier comes in blue and tan, sandy or red.


This is one of the smallest of the working terriers.

As his name suggests, he was developed in Australia (Tasmania to be exact) and was a product of mixing up the local  scotch, black and tan and Yorkshire Terriers brought along from the old country to keep the pioneers company and keep vermin down on the farm. The breeding efforts produced a moderately low set terrier and a harsh outer coat, with a great work ethic and one of the friendliest terrier dispositions around. 

Some countries allow tail docking (trimming a newborns tail in an operation similar to trimming toenails) and some do not. Pictures of Aussies with the extra long tails are from countries that don't allow tail docking.

The breed was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1960.

Australian Terriers By the Numbers

Size: 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder

Coat Care: 3 –  Low, but needs regular clippering or stripping.
Trainability: 7 – medium. They appreciate the attention and like to hang out with their owners, but need lots of variety in their training. 
Energy level: 7 - medium They love their walkies and are a good working terrier but are medium energy and enjoy a good snooze on the couch as well.
Good with Children: 8 – They like children, tolerate their antics and are great kid dogs. 

The breed is great with kids, as you can see from this picture from Finnish breeder Marjo Ahola.

Noise level: medium - 7 They definitely know how to bark, but aren't excessive yappers.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: 2 This is not a shedding breed, they are a good choice for a family with dander-sensitive members. 

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