AKC PuppyFinder: Australian Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Plucky, spirited, and smart; how do they fit so much dog into such a bitty package?
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Upbeat and lively, with lots of old-time terrier curiosity and grit
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 10-11 inches
  • Weight: 12-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Bred for the Australian frontier with only their people for company, Australian Terriers form close bonds with their family. With typical terrier curiosity and confidence, they're trainable, quick learners, although their strong prey drive may lead them off on the chase. Your Australian Terrier puppy is people-oriented and won't be happy if left alone too much. He's adaptable to almost any living environment as long he gets plenty of mental and physical exercise. You'll be rewarded with an affectionate, spirited companion.

History & Job
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Origin: Australia

Year Recognized: 1960

Breed History & Job Description: Among the touches of home that 19th-century British settlers brought to Australia were several breeds of working terrier. The Aussie is said to be the result of interbreeding such British terriers as the Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, Norwich, Scottie, Skye, and Yorkie—and a practiced eye can spot aspects of these and other terriers in the Aussie makeup. Aussies were bred to be fearless all-purpose exterminators, working on small mammals and snakes. They were also cuddly, eternally devoted pets when the day’s work was done.

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Australian Terriers are generally quite healthy and should require a minimum of medical care. As with some of the small breeds of dogs, luxating patellas (or kneecaps) can occur, as can Legg-Perthes Disease, a malformation of the hip joint which manifests itself in a youngster as limping and pain. Other health problems that have been found to occur in this breed include diabetes, immune deficiency problems, skin and digestive allergies and malignancies. These are not common problems and this is generally a very sturdy breed.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Australian Terrier Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.australianterrier.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 136
  • Breed Referral Contact: Sandra Weigle - 423-344-1952
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Australian Terrier Rescue, Inc.
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: darlenevans@earthlink.net
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: Darlene Evans
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.australianterrierrescue.org/
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