Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier


Group: Terrier Group

Origin: Australia

Height: 10-11 inches at the shoulders.

Weight: Approximately 14 to 16 lbs.

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Breed Profile

The Australian Terrier is a small sturdy, somewhat longer in relation to height, medium-boned working terrier. He is alert and strong in personality, and a very active little dog. One of the smallest of the Terrier breeds, the Aussie however, like many Terriers, believes himself to be a much larger dog than he is. Keen, intelligent and self-assured, the Aussie is also friendly and affectionate and makes a wonderful companion. He is a natural watch dog and will sound an alarm should any strange dog or person approach.

Originally bred to hunt rats and snakes, he is an excellent jumper and it is very difficult for him to resist the urge to chase squirrels, rabits, cats, etc.

He has a harsh, easy to care for coat that is either blue & tan, solid sandy, or solid red. He also has a distinctive ruff and apron and a soft, silky topknot.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Australian Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the General Information page.)

Recommended Health Screening:

For the Australian Terrier, the CHICNote 1 database includes health screenings for the following:

  • Eye Examination by a board Ophthalmologist;
  • Patellar Luxation; and
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis.

Additional Health Resources:


Grooming Information

  • Basic Grooming Hints — From the Australian Terrier Club of South Australia
  • Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.


Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.


Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit:

*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.

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