Native to Australia these dogs are one of the smallest working terriers. The Australian Terrier was first shown as the Australian Rough-Coated Terrier in 1868 in Melbourne, Australia. In 1933 they were officially recognized. This breed was probably created by crossing a handful of terrier breeds including the Irish, Cairn, Norwich, Dandie Dinmont, Yorkshire, and the Skye Terriers. Originally they were used for rodent and snake control, as a watchdog, as a shepherd and as a companion. The Australian Terrier is fairly new to the United States, and was first recognized by the AKC in 1960. Some of the Australian Terrier's best talents include watchdogging, tracking, agility, and performing tricks.
Also known as the "Aussie", the australian terrier is one of the smallest of the terrier group. It has a short legs, a long head and v-shaped ears. They have a black nose and teeth that resemble scissors. The aussie has wide and deep chest and its body is a little longer than it is tall. Their coat is rough textured, about 2 to 3 inches long and is seen in solid red, sandy, or dark or silvery with tan markings. Located between ears is a lump called a stop knot and a ruff that is lighter in color than the rest of its coat. These dogs weigh around 9 to 14 pounds and stand 9 to 14 inches high. They commonly live to be about 15 years old.
Photo courtesy of Tattercoat's Australian Terriers.
The australian terrier has endless energy and sometimes has the courage of a larger dog. They are very affectionate and protective of their immediate "family". They also have very keen hearing and eyesight and are found to be very alert and amusing. Other dogs may find themselves a new friend with one of these dogs but strangers are a little less fortunate. When training this breed it is said to be very strict due to their self-confident nature. Being very small, these dogs are very economical to feed and don't mind apartment life.
An adaptable dog, the australian terrier can live happily just about anywhere and endure as much or as little exercise provided to tthem. They have a tendency to chase when left alone outside but when in a safe area they love to romp and play.