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- Australian Terrier -

Description: Dogs of this breed are spirited, alert, courageous, and self-confident, with the natural aggressiveness of a ratter and hedge hunter. As a companion, these dogs are friendly and affectionate. The Australian Terrier is adaptable to most climates and has an affinity for children, the elderly and the handicapped. This breed is small, yet sturdy, full of spirit and courage stemming from his background as a versatile working dog from the outback of Australia. The Australian Terrier was the first Australian breed recognized and shown in its native land. This breed.s friendly and affectionate disposition make him a wonderful companion and friend.

Height: 10 inches
Weight: 12 - 14 lbs.

Colors: Blue, steel blue, or dark gray-blue with rich tan on face, ears, under body, lower legs and around the vent.
Coat: Harsh, straight, dense and long, with short, soft undercoat.

Temperament: Feisty, dutiful
With Children: Yes, older children.
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Sheepdog

Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: Low

Care and Training: Easy to care for coat. Brush his coat a couple of times a week as the brushing stimulates the natural oils in his coat giving him a high gloss. Bathe only when necessary. Minimum exercise is needed, but he will enjoy a daily walk or free roam in a fenced yard. Easy to train for both breed and obedience competition or for a well-mannered pet.
Learning Rate: High

Activity: Medium, is active, but is easy to live with.
Living Environment: Urban, rural, suburban. Apartment is fine if sufficient if daily walks are given.

Health Issues: May suffer from dislocated kneecaps, deterioration of the hip joint and skin problems.

Life Span: 15 + Years
Litter Size: 3 - 4

Country of Origin: Australia
History: Developed over the past 150 years in Australia. He is a combination of several British Terriers such as the Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, Irish and Yorkshire. He is reputed to be an unsurpassed vermin killer, who could also dispose of a snake.

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