Australian Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Australian Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginAustralia flagAustralia
Other Names
What other names does the Australian Terrier have?
Aussie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Australian Terrier Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Australian Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is an Australian Terrier?
$1000-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Australian Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Australian Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Australian Terrier gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Australian Terrier? How many Australian Terrier are there in the world?
Frequent: The Australian Terrier is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Australian Terrier Size

Size
Is an Australian Terrier small, medium or large dog?

How big do Australian Terrier get?

Small
Weight
How much does the Australian Terrier weigh? How much should the Australian Terrier breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Australian Terrier?
9-14 pounds (4-6 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Australian Terrier?
11.5 pounds (5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Australian Terrier? Australian Terrier height:
9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Australian Terrier?
10 inches (25.5 cm)

Australian Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Australian Terrier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Rough
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Australian Terrier's coat?
Blue TanSandyRed
Grooming
How to groom the Australian Terrier and how often?
Average: The Australian Terrier requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Australian Terrier, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Australian Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Aussie?
Australian Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Australian Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Australian Terrier need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Australian Terrier every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Australian Terrier Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Australian Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertCourageousLoyalIntelligentCompanionableOutrightTemperedSpirited
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Australian Terrier? Is the Australian Terrier breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Australian Terrier's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Australian Terrier is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Australian Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Australian Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Australian Terrier is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Australian Terrier sensitivity:
Australian Terriers are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well.

They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, a noisy or office environment, and frequent guest visits.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Australian Terrier a good family dog?
Average: Australian Terriers are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Aussie need? Australian Terrier social needs:
Australian Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Australian Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Aussie bark?
Average: The Australian Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Australian Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Australian Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Australian Terrier dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Australian Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Australian Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Australian Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Australian Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Aussie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Australian Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Australian Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Australian Terrier has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Australian Terrier? How much bite force does an Australian Terrier have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Australian Terrier bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Australian Terrier do?
Australian Terriers have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Australian Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Australian Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Australian Terrier roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Australian Terrier is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Australian Terrier have high prey drive?
Australian Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Australian Terrier dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Australian Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Australian Terrier indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Australian Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Australian Terrier be left alone?
Australian Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Australian Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Australian Terrier temperament with other people:
Australian Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Australian Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Australian Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Australian Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Australian Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Australian Terrier temperament with children:
Australian Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Australian Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Australian Terrier breed live with a cat?
Australian Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Australian Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Australian Terrier dogs get along with other dogs?
Australian Terriers are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Australian Terrier is not the best choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Australian Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Australian Terrier breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Australian Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Australian Terriers good office dogs? Do Australian Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Australian Terriers be office dogs?
No
Australian Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Australian Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Aussie temperament with senior people? Are Australian Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Australian Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Australian Terrier Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Australian Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Australian Terriers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Australian Terrier breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Australian Terrier see the vet?
Rare
The Australian Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Australian Terrier dogs live? How old can a Australian Terrier be? What is the age limit of the Australian Terrier? How many years can the oldest Australian Terrier live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Australian Terrier?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Australian Terrier: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Australian Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Australian Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Australian Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Australian Terrier?
Australian Terriers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Australian Terrier need? How much exercise do Australian Terrier dogs require per day?
Australian Terriers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Australian Terrier breed need?
Australian Terriers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Australian Terrier need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Australian Terrier breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Australian Terrier? How much food should I feed my Australian Terrier?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Australian Terrier risk for obesity:
Average: The Australian Terrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Australian Terrier's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Australian Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Australian Terrier drool?
The Australian Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Australian Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Australian Terrier.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Australian Terrier As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Australian Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Australian Terrier be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Australian Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Australian Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Australian Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a boat dog?

Not really

Australian Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Australian Terrier be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Australian Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Australian Terrier dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Australian Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Australian Terrier pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Australian Terrier breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Australian Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Australian Terrier have in a litter? How many puppies can the Australian Terrier breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Australian Terrier have? How many puppies can an Australian Terrier give birth to?
3-6 puppies

Australian Terrier Recognition

AKC Group
Is Australian Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is Australian Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.

Australian Terrier Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Australian Terrier's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Australian Terriers are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Australian Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Hypoallergenic: Australian Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Australian Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Australian Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Mouthiness: Australian Terriers have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Australian Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Australian Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Australian Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Australian Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Australian Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Australian Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Australian Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Australian Terriers are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: Australian Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Australian Terrier History

The Australian Terrier, also known as Aussie, is one of the oldest Australian breeds. Much of the development of the breed was not recorded and has been lost to history. However, it is believed to be descended from a dog known as the Rough-Coated Terrier in the early 19th century, a relative of the old Scotch dog of Great Britain. According to experts, this Terrier was crossed with other British Terriers as well, who were brought to Australia, including the precursor of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Skye, the Yorkshire, and the Black and Tan Terrier. The result was the tough and courageous Aussie.

Although first discovered by Dutch explorers in 1606, the first European settlements on the Australian mainland were not made until the 1780s. The continent was widely considered to be too harsh, distant, and not economically valuable enough to be worth European settlement. That changed when several prominent British thinkers decided to use Australia and the nearby island of Tasmania as prison colonies. Convicts would be sent from Britain to improve the Australian landscape. Eventually, British settlers brought their beloved dogs with them to their new home. It is unclear when exactly the first terrier arrived on Australian soil, but it was likely around the early 1800s. As the settlers faced harsh conditions, they were in need of a hardy, fearless dog that could work in all kinds of weather. The Australian Terriers were bred to control and exterminate rats and snakes on the waterfront, in gold mines, and on sheep stations in the outback. They were also used as watchdogs, shepherds, and companions to the people living in these remote areas.

Moreover, the Australian Terrier is the first native breed to be recognized and shown in Australia. The breed was first shown as the Australian rough-coated Terrier in 1868 in Melbourne, and he was officially renamed Australian Terrier in 1897. Moreover, in 1887 the first Australian Terrier breed club was founded, becoming the first organized breed club in Australia. Furthermore, the Aussie was brought to England by members of the foreign service and the British aristocracy. The breed was recognized by the Kennel Club in England in 1933. Starting in the late 1940s, servicemen and other travelers brought their Australian Terriers to the United States, where the breed eventually debuted at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1957. Nell Fox of Pleasant Pastures kennels, the author of a book called  Australian Terrier helped bring recognition to the breed in this country.

In 1960, the Australian Terrier became the 114th breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, the first new terrier breed in 21 years. The Australian Terrier Club of America was formed in 1957 and became a member of the club of the AKC in 1977.

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