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Australian Terrier

australian terrier

Australian Terrier dogs differ from some other terriers in that they have a long neck and back, in proportion to their height. Their coats are harsh and straight on top and shorter and softer underneath, and can be red, or various shades of blue with tan. The Aussie stands at approximately 25.5cm at the withers when adult and weighs approximately 6.5kg.

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  • Category size: Small
  • Grooming requirements: More than once a week
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  • Shedding: Little
  • Allergies: No
  • Noise: Vocal
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Terrier
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  • Alone: 1 to 3 hours
  • Other pets: Medium
  • Stability as a guard: Medium

Origin

The Australian Terrier dog breed was created in the early 19th century to work in rugged conditions, hunting snakes and rodents on ranches and down gold mines, and being an all-purpose farm dog. The breed was created from terriers imported from northern England and Scotland – including the forebears of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Skye and Yorkshire, and the old Black and Tan Terrier and Scotch Terrier. The result was the Australian Terrier dog, which had its first breed club established in Australia in 1887. Official recognition was granted by the Kennel Club of Great Britain in 1936, and in 1958 the American Kennel Club accepted them.

Personality

Friendly and outgoing, the Aussie is keen to please and revels in human contact and praise, and so is generally easy to train – unlike some terriers! He is not aggressive, but will stand his ground if challenged by another dog. This is not a yappy breed, but he will bark if he considers circumstances warrant it.

Health

The Australian Terrier dog breed is generally a healthy breed with few specific breed related problems.

Exercise

About an hour's exercise is needed a day, though he will happily accept more – after all, this dog was a working terrier as well as a companion! As well as walks and games, they enjoy agility, obedience, and other canine sports.

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

An Australian Terrier dog in top condition will lose very little hair. They are easy to groom and have a weather- resistant coat that is around 6.35cm long. The undercoat is short and soft. They should be brushed and combed at least once a week and the ears checked for hair that may block the canals. Hair should be plucked if necessary, not clipped.

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Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed.

Welcoming your dog home

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