Australian terrier

Other name: Australian Terrier

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The Australian Terrier is a small dog, low on legs, full of vigor, rustic appearance and solid build. The gaits of the Australian Terrier are characterized by free, flexible and energetic movements.



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Hair type Long
Origin Australia
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 4 kg to 6 kg From 24 cm to 25 cm
Male From 4 kg to 6 kg From 24 cm to 25 cm
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History of the breed

A descendant of Terriers of British origin, the Australian Terrier breed was developed exclusively in Australia , as its name suggests. Over the generations, she has benefited from contributions from other British dogs imported into Australia: Skye Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier … The first dogs to be bred according to standards close to those in force in These days have been in the early 19th century, mainly in Tasmania. They had the dual role of chasing pests and alerting their masters of possible intrusions .

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Physical features

His hair: dense, relatively long (about 6 cm), straight in texture and rough in appearance. The outer coat is associated with a softer and shorter undercoat. Forms a collar around the neck and a forelock on the head.
Its color: either blue (steel blue, dark gray blue …), with tan markings on the face, ears, underside of the body, lower limbs and feet, or light sand or red with lighter toupee.
His head: covered with a soft hair forming a forelock. The skull is long, flat and moderately broad. The stop is clear, although light, the nose is black and moderately large, the muzzle powerful and of the same length as the skull, the lips black and tight, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors.
His ears: fairly wide apart, small in size, ending in a point, well erect, covered with short hair and always alert.
His eyes: small, oval in shape, dark brown in color, set wide apart and displaying a lively gaze.
Its body: writable in a rectangle, the length being greater than the height at the withers. The neck is quite long, moderately arched and powerful. The top line is horizontal, the kidney strong, the chest of moderate dimensions, the ribs well sprung and the sides well let down.
Its tail: set high and carried erect, but never on the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Australian terrier   is a dog capable of evolving on the most difficult terrain despite his small size. A hard worker, he shows determination and endurance . The Australian Terrier is also blessed with a balanced and pleasant temperament which makes them an excellent companion dog for the whole family .

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For this kind of active dog, it is important to quickly teach him the recall and the other basics of education and obedience. Its learning is done in a gentle way , without any form of brutality, but with a minimum of firmness. Intelligent and attentive to his master, he is always ready to integrate new exercises, helped in this by encouragement and rewards.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Australian Terrier adapts to all lifestyles and all family situations , as long as it receives enough activity and attention on a daily basis.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Australian terrier   is a rustic and robust dog . Nevertheless, there are predispositions to some diseases in this breed, in particular diabetes and Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease (aseptic necrosis of the femoral head), a pathology characterized by necrosis of the head of the femoral neck due to insufficient blood supply (ischemia).

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease
Minor concerns
Patella dislocation
Occasional concerns
Dental problems
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an Australian Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Australian terrier   remains subject to permanent and moderate moulting , during which the dog sheds very little hair. Its maintenance is simple , basic and not very restrictive, its rustic aspect had to be maintained.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to ensure the maintenance of its coat and its natural beauty. It can be bathed occasionally, only if it is really necessary. His skin, ears, eyes and pads should be examined systematically after outings to prevent debris and parasites.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of an Australian Terrier is between € 800 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost

250 €
€ 350

The annual maintenance cost of an Australian Terrier is between € 250 and € 350.

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The Australian Terrier needs quality food . One meal a day is sufficient, rather than leaving a bowl full of kibble all the time.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Australian terrier   is an active dog and therefore needs frequent outings and exercises . He enjoys long walks in the great outdoors , ideally in the heart of nature, as well as games shared with his master.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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