Australian Terrier Dog Facts
About the Australian Terrier Breed
The Australian Terrier is a small and sturdy dog that should have a good, ground covering gait. It has a weatherproof coat to protect it when outside and a short tail that tends to stick upward.
Its coat is made of a short, soft undercoat and a harsher, straighter outer coat, which is about two and a half inches in length. It has an almost mane-like ruff around its neck and a topknot of longer hair helps to give it an intelligent expression. It is usually tan and/or black in colouring
It is quiet for a terrier, but still has a tough character and is likely to go after a rodent if it gets the chance. It is a combination of many types of terriers, and first appeared as early as the 1800's. The result was a useful working dog that had a striking appearance that many people found appealing.
As a result, the Australian Terrier is plucky, tough, and alert. It is fun loving and adventurous however, so it needs to get enough exercise every day, otherwise it can become restless and bored, and turn naughty. It is likely to be able to survive outside in temperate conditions, but may get bored and lonely, and it makes a good house dog, so there is little reason to keep it outside. It generally gets along well with other pets, but can be cautious around strangers. It is also a fan of digging.