Australian Terrier

Breed stats

Breed group Terrier Size Small Life span Over 10 Years Exercise Up to 1 hour per day Grooming More than once a week Coat length Medium Coat sheds? Yes
"Aussies" are people oriented little dogs, loyal to every member of the family. They are busy, nosey and active.

A low slung dog, they are quite long but in proportion with a long neck, erect ears, 'top knot', rough, cat-like paws and a tail that goes up and over. Colours include blue and tan or red. The reds can be either sandy or a deeper red.

Bred for guarding in coal mines in Australia, ratting and catching snakes and trained to warn of danger, they are inclined to be noisy and they tend to attack hoses. They are very food oriented and known to be good at obedience. Usually good with children and generally good with other dogs, but they will chase wildlife. Although lively, agile and excellent at jumping, Australian Terriers can take a little or a lot of exercise.

They don't moult but do need grooming and the coat needs stripping. They are a generally strong and healthy dog and are not routinely screened for any health problems.

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