The Australian Terrier is a small dog standing around 10 inches high and weighing 15 pounds. It is a low set and long dog; it is longer than it is tall. Its head is long with pricked triangular ears, it has small, dark oval eyes and a strong muzzle. The coat of the Australian Terrier is rough with a soft undercoat. It sheds very little and should remain untrimmed. The coat can be blue, red, tan or sandy.
The ancestry of the Australian Terrier is likely mixed; its immediate ancestor was developed in the UK in the early 1800s. In the late 1800s the rough coated Australian Terrier was exhibited.
The Australian Terrier lives to approximately 11 years of age. The most commonly reported health problems are diabetes, allergic dermatitis, luxating patella and ruptured cranial cruciate ligament. Many Australian Terriers suffer from cataracts and ear infections.
The Australian Terrier should have a working terrier’s personality and an even disposition which make it an ideal companion dog. It can be hard to house train, but can be a loyal and eager companion.