Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier was originally known as the Blue-and-Tan Terrier, the Blue Terrier, or the Australian Rough Coated Terrier, and today affectionately as the Aussie. It was created in the 19th century by crossing several terrier breeds including Yorkshire, Norwich, Cairn, Scottish, Dandie Dinmont, Skye and Irish Terrier. Although in earlier days there was some hostility towards the breed, it steadily gained popularity and was officially recognized by the Kennel Club in 1933.

The Australian Terrier is an affectionate, energetic and entertaining little dog. He does well with young children if raised with them. Although originally bred to kill small vermin, these dogs may be able to live peacefully with other small pets, including cats. It is one of the smallest of the terriers, but one of the hardiest and bravest. The Aussie can withstand almost any weather and any hardship. The Australian Terrier's personality is described as energetic, high-spirited, loyal, and affectionate.

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Easy to look after and very trainable, he makes a very good apartment dog, as he sheds very little and does not need a lot of exercise. Its outer coat is harsh and straight, and about two and a half inches long all over the body which requires minimum grooming. To maintain a good coat condition, frequent brushing and combing is usually recommended, but only little trimming is required to prepare your dog for the show ring. There are three to four puppies in a litter of Australian Terrier.

Although the Australian Terrier is a healthy breed, there is an increased risk of developing adult-onset insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.1


  1. Amylase activity is associated with AMY2B copy numbers in dog: implications for dog domestication, diet and diabetes. Maja Arendt, Tove Fall, Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, and Erik Axelsson. Wiley-Blackwell Online OpenPMC4329415

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