Bred to hunt and exterminate rodents and snakes, Australian Terriers were also prized as watchdogs and companions.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Australian Terrier.
The origin of the Australian Terrier, as the name suggests, lies in Australia. The history of this breed goes back to 1820, when it was first bred in Tasmania. The breed is a result of crossbreeding between various kinds of rough coated terrier such as Cairn terrier, Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Irish Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier. These terrier breeds were brought to Australia from Great Britain in the early 18th century. The Australian Terrier was first called as the rough coated terrier.
The Aussie is a small sized dog with an elongated, low lying frame typical of the terriers. It has a long head; small eyes which are dark brown in color; high set ears which are small, angular and erect in shape; a black nose; a strong muzzle which is square in shape; taut lips which are black in color with teeth which meet in scissors bite. This breed has a high set tail which is docked and carried erect. It has small legs with small feet.
Most terrier breeds are remarkably similar. The same words are used over and over – quick to bark, quick to chase, lively, bossy, feisty, scrappy, clever, independent, stubborn, persistent, impulsive, intense. But some terrier breeds are more so than others. Overall, as a breed, Australian Terriers tend to be in the lower-to-middle section of the terrier spectrum. But of course there are some individual Aussies who will be in the higher end!
Though more amenable to training than many other terriers, Australian Terriers must be taught at an early age that they are not the rulers of the world. The toughness that makes them suited to killing vermin can frustrate you when you try to teach them anything. Terriers can be stubborn and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things.
5) Living With
He is so adaptable that he's easy to live with IF you can fit certain criteria. You should understand the dynamic terrier temperament (see below). You should have a fenced yard. And you should be able to provide enough hours of daily companionship (no working all day), daily walks, and daily play sessions with a ball or toy.
6) Around other Pets
Though he can be scrappy with other dogs of the same sex, most Australian Terriers are willing to coexist peacefully with other pets. But they can be bossy and remember, they are terriers, which means they're bred to pursue anything that runs or looks like prey. Keeping a pet rat would be a big risk!
It is an active breed which needs daily exercise. A daily walk is sufficient to make the dog healthy both physically and mentally. A romp in an open but secured area, every now and then takes care of its additional requirements for exercise
This breed has a double coat with a straight and harsh outer coat which is medium in length and, a short and soft under coat. The color of the coat can be Blue and tan, or Red or Sandy.
The Aussie sheds very little hair. The straight and harsh coat of the dog needs regular grooming. The coat needs to be brushed 3-4 times a week to maintain a healthy looking coat. It should be bathed only when necessary and must be dried properly after each bath.
Australian Terrier is generally pretty healthy breed. However, it is prone to some health issues like Diabetes, Luxating patella, Cataract, Cancer, ears and skin infections.