Australian Terrier

Breed summary


Australian Terrier is a type of small dog that belongs to the group of terriers. This breed is a small, sturdy dog with short legs, with a medium length shaggy harsh double coat that is not normally trimmed. The fur is shorter on the muzzle, lower legs, and feet, and there is a ruff around the neck. They are long in proportion to height, with pricked ears and docked tail. As befits their heritage as versatile workers, Australian Terriers are sound and free moving with good reach and drive. Their expression keen and intelligent; their manner spirited and self-assured.

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Length: Medium

Characteristics: Rough, Shaggy, Waterproof, Double coat

Colors: Blue or silver and tan with a lighter coloured topknot

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Health Concerns


In general, the Aussie is a sturdy breed with few health problems. Australian Terrier is prone to patellar luxation (a dislocated kneecap called a “trick knee” in humans), Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, diabetes, and allergies. A responsible breeder will test breeding stock for these health conditions before breeding. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions, and flea control is essential. As with all breeds, the ears should be checked regularly, and the teeth should be brushed often.



The Australian Terrier needs high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared for maintaining their bodily function. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s stage (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, which needs to be checked. Consult with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.




Like many terriers, Aussies get to benefit greatly from puppy training classes and introductory obedience with treats, toys, or praise. Their training sessions need to be short to avoid getting bored. They are also willful and stubborn, so a firm, consistent approach is necessary. Australian Terrier tolerates other dogs in the house, but it often acts bossy in front of them. Australian Terrier forms strong bonds with its family members and often mimics their feelings.



Without exception, Aussie requires a high energy level. This breed is very active and requires regular exercise to keep from becoming bored and unhappy. They may develop undesirable behavior without regular exercise. Daily play sessions, indoors or out, will keep an Aussie happy and well adjusted. Aussies should never run loose because they have the instinct to hunt and chase prey so far from home that they can’t find their way back.


Country of Origin: Australia

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 140 of 196

AKC Classification: Terrier Group

UKC Classification: Terrier

Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 22 inches; Male: 23 inches

Weight: Female: 15-17 lbs; Male: 17-20 lbs

Physical traits: Small, Sturdy, Medium-sized

Personality traits/Temperament: Affectionate, Courageous, Spirited

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: High

Tendency to Dig: High

Social/Attention Needs:  Moderate

Life Expectancy: 11-15 years


Fun fact

Australian Terrier is an excellent watchdog. It easily detects strangers on its territory and uses loud barking to inform its owner about their presence.