An Australian Terrier is a breed developed in Australia for the purpose of hunting and exterminating snakes and rodents. It’s a prized breed for companion and as a watch-dog.
Australian Terrier: The Hunting Showman Dog
The Australian Terrier is a small breed dog, also called “Aussie” by its admirers. Smallest among the working terriers, this breed is highly spirited and has a mischievous personality. They can be well-attached to its family to a point where it would feel the same way as its owner, matching their emotions to yours. Aussies are known for their love in digging, chasing, and barking. Could this be the dog you’re looking for? Find out more about this pooch as you scroll on!
What does an Australian Terrier look like?
It is a small breed dog having a shaggy coating. The undercoat of this breed is soft, unlike its topcoat which is rough. Their coat color varies from sandy, red, and blue and tan wherein the saddle part is blue in color and the body is the tanned one. This pooch has a beautiful ruff around its neck. They are medium-boned with a quite sturdy, long body. Both male and female Australian Terriers may measure 10 to 11 inches in height and may weigh around 14 to 16 lbs.
What is an Australian Terrier like?
They’re upbeat dogs devoted to their owners. This breed is known in the field of conformation, obedience, and showmanship making them competitive dogs. Their energy as an active and upbeat dog goes to clowning and the entertainment of its owners.
It can be quite bossy and most likely take over being a pack leader, thus, it’s crucial to establish yourself as its leader before he does. Aussies love to be a part of their humans’ daily life. In fact, they would love to get busy doing dog activities. Otherwise, they can become bored and might lead to being destructive.
How to care for the Australian Terrier?
As a known digger, it’s best to keep them indoor to avoid having holes in your yard. It’s a must for it to have proper socialization as they’re known to be bossy and aggressive towards other dogs, being in the terrier family. This highly energetic dog needs a lot of exercises to exhaust all his energy and avoid boredom.
What are the possible health concerns of an Australian Terrier?
The health issues it may possibly get are related to its physique as a small breed. Although there’s not a 100% assurance for them to get these health issues, it’s best to know more of it to increase the chances of avoiding it. These issues involve Allergies, Diabetes Mellitus, Legg-perthes, and Patellar Luxation.
Australian Terrier Trivia and History:
- Some researchers came up to the conclusion this breed got crossed with other British Terriers which includes the Skye, Yorkshire, Black and Tan Terrier, and the precursors of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
- This native breed is the first to be shown and recognized in Australia.
- They were officially named as the Australian Terrier in 1897.
- Aussies have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
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Before getting an Australian Terrier as a pet, you should assess first if you can be able to handle living with this pooch. It should be in your best interest to do so as they may outsmart you if you’re ignorant about how to handle them. Be guided by what you’ve read in this article and make your life with your dog a bearable one!
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