The Australian Terrier: A Complete Guide

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The Australian Terrier is a relatively small breed of dog, but it is also one that has a rather large personality surrounding it.

The breed is similar in looks to the Yorkshire Terrier, and it does have a number of the personality and character traits as well.

Of course, even though you may have already heard about the breed, and you could even know a little about it already, our complete guide is here to just make your life that little bit easier.

The breed is descended from the UK, but then you want to know about how to care for the Australian Terrier and nothing else.

Throughout our guide, you will learn about health concerns, their intelligence levels, their size, what to feed them and a whole lot more.

By the end of it all, you will certainly be in a much better condition to correctly care for one, which is going to be beneficial to the dog.

However, before we delve into that, we just want to turn the attention onto you for a moment.

Australian Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

A brown and black Australian Terrier
The Australian Terrier is a wonderful dog to own.

Before you go ahead and buy your Australian Terrier puppy, there are just a few things for you to think about in advance.

After all, you want to be sure that you are indeed ready for owning this kind of dog since you will be wanting to give them the best life possible.

So, because of that, we want you to just think about several important points before you take ownership.

You will also find other points and questions will come into your mind as you read through our complete guide.

With that, perhaps think about these kinds of questions:

  • Do you fully understand the nature of this breed of dog?
  • Are you aware of the kind of health issues that they could develop?
  • Do you know about looking after them from a maintenance point of view?
  • Have you previous experience of training any kind of dog?

They are basic points, but they cover essential areas that directly affect the kind of life that your dog is going to have, so do think about them.

What Price are Australian Terrier Puppies?

Australian Terrier puppies are quite easy to find, but you should still be aware of the kind of things that can have an impact on the price that you end up having to pay.

The pedigree has always been the most important thing of all when buying a dog, and this is going to be no different.

If the parents can be shown to come from a strong family line, then the price of your puppy is going to increase as a direct result.

Also, where you are located is going to have an impact simply because some locations have a higher demand or supply of the breed, and that is also going to change the price.

You must remember that buying a dog is going to follow the same rules of engagement no matter what you are trying to sell.

The final thing to remember is that the price is always going to be at the discretion of the breeder.

Each breeder has an idea of what the market price is going to be, and when you are dealing with a breeder that has a sterling reputation, then there will be a premium attached to it.

However, all of that aside, the kind of price range you should be looking at for Australian Terrier puppies is somewhere in the region of $1000 to $1500.

In the United Kingdom, the price is also going to be in the region of £800 to £1200 depending on the breeder.

How to Find Reputable Australian Terrier Breeders?

We mentioned the idea of reputable Australian Terrier breeders in the previous section, so how do you think you will be able to find them?

Well, it can be easier than you may have been imagining up until this point. The first thing that people will do now is to use the power of the Internet to help them out.

Conducting your own research in this way is very easy to do, and you should start to be able to generate some results in next to no time.

Also, as this is a pure breed of dog, the Kennel Club in your country is going to have a note of it in their database, and they could also help you to find those breeders that they feel will be suitable.

The same applies to the Dog Breeders Association for your country as well, so make full use of both organizations.

3 Little-Known Facts About Australian Terrier Puppies

The Australian Terrier is a fun-filled breed, and there are so many interesting things about it. However, at this point, we are only going to focus on three to make life that little bit easier.

  • It is a mix of a number of terriers.

There is the belief that this breed is the mix of many different terriers that were brought to Australia by the British. It is certainly an old breed though and has been fine-tuned over the years.

  • It was bred to hunt.

Even though it is small, the Australian Terrier was bred to hunt. However, we are talking about rats and snakes, but then with the size of some snakes in Australia, it shows that this is one brave dog.

  • It is very domineering.

This breed is extremely domineering. In actual fact, they are going to hate not being in the middle of everything and the limelight not being on them, so you might want to keep that in mind.

Physical Traits of the Australian Terrier

Two small Australian Terrier's sitting on a bench
The Australian Terrier does have a stubborn side.

The Australian Terrier is a small terrier, and it is characterized by having quite a rough and shaggy coat that is relatively long for its overall size.

It is hypoallergenic and it sheds very little hair. The fur on the head is shorter than the body, while the hair on the body can be clipped.

Their ears are upright all of the time, and their muzzle is in proportion to the rest of their body. Their legs are small and quite thin with small, compact feet.

However, their hindquarters are strong and muscular for their size.

They do require little maintenance thanks to their coat not shedding, but brushing them once a week just to remove any dead hair is going to be advisable.

How Big is a Full-Grown Australian Terrier?

The Australian Terrier is not the biggest of dogs by any means.

Also, both the male and female are going to be around the same size, but then when you are dealing with such a small dog there is not much scope for variation.

For the size, then they will get to a maximum of between 10 to 11 inches.

For their weight, then the male will often be slightly heavier than the female with them weighing up to around 16lbs as a maximum.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Australian Terrier?

The life expectancy of the Australian Terrier is pretty impressive.

Of course, how you look after the dog is going to have a major impact on their life span, but if you do things right then it should be quite easy for this dog to get to around 15 years of age.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Australian Terrier

This is one very intelligent dog, and they will pick up on commands quickly as that is part of the reason as to why they were bred.

However, they can also be rather stubborn when the want to be, which can make training them quite difficult at times.

They are very loyal to their family, and their mood will often match your mood as they are so in tune with everything.

Also, they are not known for being aggressive and will get on well with everyone no matter their age.

They are a superb watchdog as they are extremely alert to everything that is going on and they will certainly bark to let you know something is happening.

They are also certainly not lacking in confidence, and they will challenge larger dogs as well.

They are cheeky, can get up to mischief, and are full of character. They will snuggle up to you, love playing and learning new things and are a joy to own.

The Australian Terrier’s Diet

A Australian Terrier on a lead
The Australian Terrier is suitable for all kinds of families.

The Australian Terrier has a small diet as you might have expected, but that does not mean that you are then able to feed them anything that you want.

Instead, you have to be stricter than you are with other dogs.

First, be careful with what you feed them and avoid cheaper food that contains useless ingredients such as grain and cereal.

This is just there to bulk up the food as it is cheaper for the companies to make, but it will do nothing for your dog.

Instead, you are looking at a better quality dry dog food that is designed for small dogs.

They should get around 1 to 1.5 cups of food per day. This food will have the nutrients that they need in order to be healthy.

You will also find that your Australian Terrier is going to love the idea of treats, but you need to be careful with that as well.

Treats and snacks are fine, but they must be small in size and very sporadic. Also, do not leave them out where they can effectively help themselves.

How Much Exercise Does an Australian Terrier Need?

When it comes to the amount of exercise that the Australian Terrier needs, then you have to remember that this breed has quite a high energy level.

However, thanks to its size you can still keep it in an apartment and it will have enough space to run around.

They do require a walk every single day to help them burn off some of that energy.

The amount of exercise should be around 45 minutes per day, and when you take them for a walk make sure they are able to enjoy the various scents around them.

This breed is going to love to play with you, so get them some toys as it will all add up to some additional exercise.

Australian Terrier Health and Conditions

The Australian Terrier is actually quite a healthy breed of dog, but it will certainly not be exempt from potentially developing a number of health conditions throughout its life.

Before you buy a puppy, you must always talk to the breeder to ascertain if the parents have been checked over for anything that can be passed down the line genetically.

They should be able to offer you evidence that this has been done, and if they are unable to do this, then you need to ask why.

That aside, the main health conditions that you may wish to be looking out for include:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Diabetes
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • General Allergies

As you can see, the list is not exactly extensive, and there is no guarantee that they will develop any of the conditions throughout their life, but it will still be best to be aware of them.

My Final Thoughts on the Australian TerrierA Australian Terrier with a toy in its mouth

The Australian Terrier is a wonderful dog to own, and if you are looking for one when you live in an apartment, then it would be tough to find one that is better than this.

Yes, they do have a stubborn side and they want to be the only dog that you have, but that is going to lead to you being rewarded with a dog that is loving and will be such a wonderful companion that it is worth it all.

Suitable for families, the elderly, and people that are new to having dogs, it will be a pleasure owning one and at least you are never going to be bored with them around.

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