Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier is a small dog with lots and lots of energy. The dogs are courageous hunters being very alert and require lots of exercise.

These dogs were originally bred to hunt and kill rats, so are naturally not good with other small pets that you might have in the house.

Australian Terrier Facts

Australian Terrier

Exercise Requirements:      5 star rating

Good with Children:             3 star rating

Easy to Train:                        3 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       5 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         1 star rating


Vital Statistics

Size: 24.5-25.5 cm (9.5-10 in)

Weight: 5 -6.5 kg (11 -14 lb)

Coat: Hard, dense straight topcoat. Undercoat is short and soft.

Colour: Blue, sandy or red.

Lifespan: 14 years

Special Characteristics

These dogs get excited by any fast movements and are very quick and alert to pick up on them.

Exercise Requirements

These little dogs have a lot of energy and require a lot of exercise. Their exercise requirements are high.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Affectionate and amenable.

Children: Normally good around children, even more so when raised with them.

Other Pets: These dogs love to chase and will probably cause harm to any small pets that you have.

Strangers: Very good around strangers, no problems at all.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Are known to be problematic around unfamiliar dogs.

What to Watch Out For

Like we said, the Australian Terrier can be a problem around other dogs and will certainly chase small pets due to their high prey drive.

Health Risks

There are a few health risks to note with this breed, including hip problems, patellar luxation, diabetes and Leg-Calve-Perthes.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner of the Australian Terrier will be an experienced dog handler with lots of time to spare to take them on long walks to burn up their excessive energy.

To keep these dogs content and happy you need time to play games with them. Having a large outside space for them to run around in will always help.

More Photos

Australian Terrier running on a path Australian Terrier jumping in the snow

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