The Australian Terrier is a compact and sturdy breed with short legs and a slightly longer body. Their coats are wiry and about 2 inches in length all over. They have a distinctive ruff and apron, almost like a mane. The three colors that Aussies come in are blue and tan, solid red, and solid tan.
Australian Terriers were developed first in Tasmania and then spread to Australia as ratters, watchdogs and companions that were suitable for a harsh climate and difficult living conditions. They were developed from various rodent-controlling English breeds that arrived with colonists including the ancestors of Skye Terrier, the Cairn Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Yorkie, and Irish Terriers.
The Australian Terrier retains the characteristics of a hard-working, amiable companion that he was bred to be. Aussies can be stubborn, which was a helpful trait in ensuring their survival in the harsh conditions of colonial Australia. As ratters, they are prone to dig and need to be socialized with other family pets from a young age to prevent chasing of cats. They should not be trusted with rodent pets. They are chipper, fearless, intelligent, and bold. Aussies are self confident with their own ideas, so they need consistent, firm training to remind them that the human is the pack leader. Because they are versatile and compact, they make excellent traveling companions. Do not allow this dog to roam without a leash as they tend to chase small creatures.
Breed Club Links: Australian Terrier Club of America.
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