Australian Terrier

Breed Summary

Australian Terrier is a small dog that belongs to the terrier group. This breed is small and sturdy with short legs. 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.

Country of Origin: Australia

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 139 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

Coat: Length: Medium

Characteristics: Rough, Shaggy, Waterproof, Double coat

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

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

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


The Aussie is a sturdy breed with few health problems. Their life expectancy is 11 to 15 years. Australian Terriers are 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 baths with high quality shampoo and conditioners and flea control are 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). Add a high quality multivitamin to ensure completion of the nutritional circle. 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 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 Terriers tolerate other dogs in the house, but 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 walks, play sessions, indoors or out, will keep an Aussie happy and well adjusted. Use paw balm to protect their feet. 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.

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.


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