Breed Organization Australian Terrier Club of America Website: http://www.australianterrier.org Native Country Australia Other Names Aussie (Terrier) Life Expectancy Approximately 11-13 Years Litter Size Average 4 Puppies Breed Group AKC Terrier
Breed Appearance The Australian terrier is a sturdy, low set, medium boned little dog. They are usually alert,
strong in terrier personality, and very active little dog. There is a ruff around the neck (said to offer protection
against other animals such as snakes or rodents) and a longer, softer, and lighter colored, topknot. The topknot is
the gift of the Dandie Dinmont ancestry. He has small, erect, and pointed ears that stand as though he is always
listening. The eyes are little, dark, and almond shaped.
Breed Description Head: Long. Flat skull. Slight stop. Strong, powerful muzzle.
Strong jaws. Ears: Small, pointed. Held erect. Eyes: Small, oval, wide set. Dark brown color. Body: Long, solidly built. Strong, slightly arched neck. Well
developed forechest. Deep, moderately broad chest. Ribs well sprung.
Strong loin. Horizontal topline. Tail: Docked. Carried gaily but not over the back. Hair: Approx. 6 cm (2,4 in) long; straight, rough, and dense.
Short, soft undercoat. The muzzle, lower legs, and feet are free of
long hair. Coat: Blue, steel blue, or dark gray-blue with rich tan
markings on the face, ears, underbelly, lower legs, feet, and around
the anus. Sandy or red. Size: Approx. 25 cm (9,8 in). Weight: 3,6 to 6,3 kg (8-14 lb).
History Descended from British breeds, the Australian Terrier was shown for
the first time in Sidney in 1899. The breed's ancestors include the
Cairn Terrier, the Irish Terrier, the Scottish Terrier, and, of
course, the Yorkshire Terrier, which looks much like its Australian
descendant. The breed was developed for hunting rabbit and rats. The
Australian Terrier Club was founded in 1921, and the first standard
was published the same year. The Australian Terrier was recognized
by The Kennel Club in 1936.
Behavior This lively, courageous dog is affectionate and cheerful, but has a
true terrier personality. Firm training is necessary. In general, adult male terriers do
not get along well with other adult male dogs. Since the Australian Terrier was also bred for
companionship, they tend to be very people friendly, and enjoy interacting with people.
Health Generally healthy.
Advice This active dog needs plenty of exercise. Daily brushing is