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Australian Terrier

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Australian Terrier

The "hard bitten" and "rugged" looking Australian Terrier is one of the smallest of the terrier breeds. They can be either black/tan or blue/tan. The Aussie has erect ears that are v-shaped and stand erect. It has a long head and a black nose that has a v-shaped space above it. The eyes are sparkling, dark and beg for attention. The teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The body is slightly longer than it is tall, and the topline is level. This breed has a strong chest that is slightly wide and deep. The paws are small and cat-like. The weatherproof coat has a rough texture and is about two to three inches in length. The Aussie has a topknot between the ears. The docked tail stands erect. The apron and the ruff are lighter and have a finer texture than the rest of the coat. Dewclaws should be removed when Aussies are a few days old. Coat colors include blue and tan, red or sandy.

Temperament The Aussie is eager to please and is an excellent choice for children, the elderly or the handicapped. He is all terrier, with the inborn confidence and spirit of his type. He tends to be quiet and affectionate, making it a fine house dog.
Height, Weight Height: 9-11" ; Weight: 9-14 lbs.
Health Problems The most common health problems associated with this breed is diabetes, dermatitis, and luxating patella. This dog lives to be quite old.
Living Conditions The Aussie can live very well in an apartment. It will do fine without a yard if it is taken on walks on a leash. They should be on a leash at all times as they tend to chase.
Exercise This breed is happy with a little or a lot of exercise.
Life Expectancy 15 or more years
Grooming This breed does not need excessive grooming. A brushing, several times a week, will bring its coat to a high gloss and shine. Be sure to trim around the eyes and inside the ears. This breed should be plucked every three months and their nails should be trimmed. This terrier does not shed much.
Origin The Australian Terrier was bred to be one of the smallest working Terriers. Records show that they are likely descendents of the Scottie (or the Cairn) for the hard coat and short legs and with the Skye, strengthening the gene for the shortness of the legs and body length. Early Aussies were welcomed for their rabbit and snake killing abilities. They would face the snake, leap high in the air, turning around in the air and land behind the snake. The Aussie would grab the slithering foe at the back of the head and kill it. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier