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Australian Terrier


AKC Height:

10-11 inches

AKC Weight:

15-20 pounds


Blue and tan, solid sandy, and solid red.

Life Expectancy:

11-15 years


Terrier Group

Australian Terrier: The Spirited and Loyal Companion

Welcome to our thorough guide on the Australian Terrier, a breed cherished for its small size, boundless energy, and courageous temperament. This page is dedicated to exploring the characteristics, care, and companionship of the Australian Terrier, a delightful and sturdy breed.


AKC Height:10-11 inches

AKC Weight: 15-20 pounds

Colors: Blue and tan, solid sandy, and solid red.

Life Expectancy: 11-15 years

Group: Terrier Group

Physical Characteristics

  • Compact and Sturdy Build: Australian Terriers are small but robust dogs, known for their strong and sturdy physique, ideal for both companionship and agility.
  • Distinctive Coat: They have a rough, weatherproof coat, typically in colors like blue and tan, sandy, or red.

Temperament and Personality Australian Terriers are known for their confident and spirited nature. They are affectionate with their families and show a keen alertness to their surroundings. These terriers are also known for their intelligence and eagerness to engage in activities.

Training and Activity Needs

  • Training: They respond well to consistent, positive training approaches. Their intelligence makes them quick learners and they enjoy interactive training sessions.
  • Exercise: Despite their small size, they require regular exercise to keep them physically and mentally fit. Daily walks and play sessions are ideal.
  • Mental Stimulation: They thrive on engaging activities and enjoy challenges that keep their minds active.

Health and Nutrition

  • Diet: A balanced diet suitable for small, active breeds is essential. Regular vet check-ups can help maintain their dietary health.
  • Common Health Issues: Generally robust, Australian Terriers can have breed-specific health concerns. Regular health screenings are recommended.

Grooming and Care

  • Coat Care: Their rough coat requires regular grooming to maintain its texture and health. Weekly brushing and occasional bathing are sufficient.
  • General Care: Routine health care, including dental hygiene, nail trimming, and ear cleaning, is essential.

Living with an Australian Terrier

  • Family Life: They make excellent family pets, known for their loyalty and affection. They are well-suited to families with older children.
  • Adaptability: They adapt well to various living environments, including apartments and houses.
  • Companionship: Australian Terriers form strong bonds with their owners and thrive in environments where they are included in family activities.

Responsible Breeding and Adoption

  • Choosing a Breeder: Opt for breeders who prioritize health and temperament and provide health clearances for their puppies.
  • Adoption Options: Considering adoption from shelters or breed-specific rescues is a great way to provide a home to an Australian Terrier in need.

Conclusion The Australian Terrier is a spirited, intelligent, and affectionate breed, perfect for those looking for a small but active companion. Their adaptability and charming personality make them beloved members of any family.


Weekly brushing will keep the moderate amount of shedding to a minimum. Fenced yards are a must.


Australian Terriers are an active, high-energy breed. They want to be a part of the family. They make good watch dogs and are fearless and brave.

Australian Terrier Housebreaking

Housebreaking the Australian Terrier requires consistency on your part. Dogs are creatures of habit, and knowing the tips and tricks of training will make the process so much easier and less stressful.

Puppy Housebreaking     Adult Marking & Retraining

Find a Puppy: Australian Terrier

If you are looking for a puppy or adult dog, please read our important information on choosing a puppy from a breeder and adopting a dog from a rescue. There are good dog breeders and good dog rescues and there are bad dog breeders and bad dog rescues. Our information will help you to make an informed decision and will give you tips on what to look for and what to avoid.

Pet shops are not the best place to look for a puppy. Dogs from pet shops often come from puppy mills, and puppy mill dogs are often kept in unhealthy conditions. The best way to end puppy mills is to rescue or buy from reputable sources.


The Australian Terrier should only be fed high-quality dog food targeted toward the dog’s age, whether puppy, adult, or senior. Avoid cooked bones and food with high fat content. Talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns about your dog’s weight.


The Australian Terrier is extremely eager to please their owners. At the very least, these dogs can benefit from learning basic commands, like sit, come, and stay. Because this breed is highly intelligent and easily bored, it is important to give them multiple challenging toys to keep this breed occupied.


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Watch for diabetes and thyroid disorders, stifle problems (luxated patellar), and Legg-Calve Perthes.