It is believed that we were originally bred from imported British terriers which kind of makes us Poms. We are one of the few terriers to have been bred outside of Britain. Our breed was officially recognised in 1850, and we were renamed as the Australian Terrier in 1892. It wasn’t long before people saw our qualities and we were shown at a dog show for the first time in 1906 in Melbourne. The Kennel Club (UK) finally recognised us in 1933 – given our links with their country you’d have thought they’d have given us the benefit of the doubt earlier than that!
What do I look like?
We’re kind of low set and long with a rough coat that looks like we’ve never been bathed – don’t confuse us with the Aussie Silky Terrier. Silky we’re not! We have a black nose, dark brown eyes and a look that suggests we’re suspicious of something. I have warned many of my type of that ‘boy who cried wolf’ fable! Our short legs belie our sturdy and deep-chest. We’re pretty good in a headwind and as an interesting little peculiarity our ears have very little hair compared to our body!
What do I need from you?
Not much really – you could leave the Aussie rules rugby on the TV while you are at work or the cricket now we’re back where we belong. As a terrier we’re always on the lookout for a rat or some other rodent to torment, so a few country walks would be good. We don’t need a lot of grooming, which is just as well because our coat looks like you neglect us anyway!
What I will give in return
We like people and are nice to our human owners. We’re feisty devils and will make a good guard dog. Australian Terriers are not brilliant with other dogs. Our male dogs are particularly belligerent with other male dogs. And we’ll treat all rodents as enemies so Freddie the pet rat is always going to be looking over his shoulder. Otherwise we’re of slightly above average intelligence which means we are trainable.
How big will I get?
We’ll peak at around 10in (25cm) and weigh in at around 14lb (6kg) so we’re no heavyweights.
How long should I be around for?
Our average lifespan is around 11-12 years. Cancer and diabetes are likely to be our sticky end.
How big is our litter?
Just around 4 puppies on average – we’re double the fun of most dogs!
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