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Australian Terrier : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Australian Terrier Ratings: - Ease of Training: 7 /10 - Intelligence: 7 /10 - Shedding: 1 /10 - Watchdog: 9 /10 - Guard Dog: 1 /10 - Popularity: 4 /10 - Size: 2 /10 - Agility: 5 /10 - Good with Kids: 10 /10 Australian Terrier Attributes: Life Expectancy: 11-14 ... Australian Terrier


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Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier Ratings:

- Ease of Training: 7/10
- Intelligence: 7/10
- Shedding: 1/10
- Watchdog: 9/10
- Guard Dog: 1/10
- Popularity: 4/10
- Size: 2/10
- Agility: 5/10
- Good with Kids: 10/10

Australian Terrier Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 11-14 years, though some have lived to be 17
Litter Size: 3-5 puppies with the average being 4 puppies
Group: Terrier, Terriers
Recognized By: CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NZKC
Color: The coat colours include: black, black/white, tan/black, red/black, white, ivory, cream, yellow and silver
Hair Length: Long
Size: Toy/Small
Shedding: Lite Shed
Male Height: 10 inches (25cm)
Male Weight: 14-16 pounds (7kg)
Female Height: 9 inches (22cm)
Female Weight: 12-14 pounds (6kg)
Living Area:
The Australian terrier will happily live in even quite confined spaces, though you will have to provide a great deal of entertainment and scheduled walking to keep them from becoming destructive. They are happiest when they have at least a small yard to play in and patrol.
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Overview :

These little dogs are essentially small terrier hybrids that were bred for the very specific purpose of killing the local rats and snakes in 19th century Australia. As such, the Aussie's ancestor dogs are generally those terriers that originate from the British Isles just as the European migrants did. The American Kennel Club has recognized this breed since 1960 as Britain's official kennel club did nearly 30 years earlier. Today, Australian Terriers remain common in Australia and are gaining in popularity in other countries, too. The breed's friendly and fun-loving nature makes them ideal for a great many city and suburban dwellers that want a companion who can chase rats that isn't a cat. Aussies look a lot like many of the breeds they're descended from. As such, they may be black like a Scottish Terrier or black and tan like a Yorkshire Terrier or silvery like a Cairn Terrier or, even pure white like a West Highland terrier. However, they always have a coarse outer coat over soft under-coat that makes them good in inclement weather. There is a very similar but separate breed of dog called the Australian Silky Terrier. Those dogs are very much the same except for their long, finely textured hair that most closely resembles that of a Silky or Yorkshire terrier that needs to be regularly groomed. By way of comparison, the Aussie is usually plucked when necessary and requires only the most cursory of grooming. Physically the Australian Terrier tends to be a bit shorter than long with a thick stout body and an especially thick collar of fur around the neck. Today, these Aussie dogs are most often found as companion animals because of their happy nature and adorably fearless. Aussie dogs also do well in the country, though they are sure to want to be near you if you're around.

Australian Terrier History :

It is said the Australian Terrier is a mixture of several different breeds of terrier that were shipped from England just as a lion's share of the European Settlers were. By the 1820s there was a dog known to locals as the Australian Terrier that didn't fully come into existence as a breed with an official standard until the latter part of the century. The official lineage of the Aussie dog is unknown, partly because so many dogs went into the creation of this breed uniquely suited to Australian conditions. The breed is an example of taking a genetic pool, combining it together again and picking the animals that fare best. The rapid development of the breed suggests the early mortality rate of the plucky progenitor terriers was high. It is thought that several of the Australian Terrier's adaptations are for dry, dusty conditions and hunting snakes. These include a rather thick ring of tough fur and a fearless attitude. Aussie dogs and their shrill barks were also once ideal for their use as watchdogs on a frontier that still contained real dangers, well into the 20th century.

Australian Terrier Temperament and Character :

This breed displays the bravery and courage of much larger dogs. The Australian Terrier is extremely affectionate with their family, loyal, and highly intelligent. They are exceedingly amusing, spirited, and curious. This breed does best in a home with older considerate children. They get along with other dogs and household pets, but do have a propensity for chasing the family cat as well as small outdoor animals such as squirrel and rabbit. They thrive on human interaction and do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. The Australian Terrier has acute hearing as well as keen eyesight and makes an excellent watchdog. They are wary of strangers but are not aggressive unless provoked

Australian Terrier Health Care :

The Australian Terrier may be prone to health problems like Legg-Perthes disease, cruciate ligament rupture, and seizures. In addition, patellar luxation and diabetes are just some of the minor problems seen in this breed.

Australian Terrier Grooming :

The Australian Terrier is a double coat breed. The outer coat is straight, harsh, and rough in texture. The under coat is soft, dense, and short. This breeds weatherproof coat is longer on the body than the hair on the tail, rear legs, and feet. There is a protective ruff of softer hair at the neck, which blends into an apron. The forelegs have light feathering and there is a topknot of soft and fine hair, which covers only the top of the head. The color of the coat comes in dark blue, silvery blue with tan markings on the legs and head, solid red, and sandy. This breed sheds little to no hair.

Australian Terrier Training :

The Australian Terrier is quick to learn but is easily bored by repetition. Early socialization and obedience training is a must. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. This breed does best when trained with consistency, firmness, fairness, praise, and motivation. They are very adept in the areas of agility, tracking, earthdog, and obedience.

Australian Terrier Activity and Exercise :

This breed requires exercise on a regular basis to keep them physically and mentally fit. If they become bored they will become destructive. The Australian Terrier enjoys securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and a romp in a safe area. They do well in an apartment or condominium dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise and stimulation.

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