Australian Terrier Training and Temperament
The Australian Terrier is a tough & cheeky with the bravery of a larger dog. It shows loyalty and affection for its immediate family. Responsive, protective and makes an excellent watchdog.
Very intelligent and eager to please makes for a dog that is more easily obedience trained than most terriers. Good with children provided they do not tease the dog.
As with all dogs, Australian Terrier training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
Either enroll in a certified local dog training school or read this.
A typical tough little working terrier that is rather long in body.
The History Of The Australian Terrier
The Australian Terrier is also known as Aussie or Broken Coated Terrier. They originated in Australia during the 1800's.
Developed in Australia and one of the smallest working terriers. The Australian Terrier was first shown in 1868 as the Australian Rough Coated Terrier in Melbourne, Australia. Officially recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1933. It was created by crossing Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, Irish , Scottish and Yorkshire terriers.
Description Of The Australian Terrier
The small, erect ears are left natural and the tail is altered.
The breed averages 19 - 11 inches tall and weighs 12 - 14 pounds.
The Australian Terrier has a long head, with erect, pointed ears and shiny dark eyes. Teeth should meet in a scissors bite and the body is slightly longer than tall, with a level back. It has small feet and the docked tail stands up.
Coat & Grooming
The rough-textured, weatherproof coat is about 2-3 inches long and comes in solid red, sandy, or dark or silvery blue with tan markings. It has a topknot on the head and s ruff around the throat
The stiff, long, rough coat is easy to care for and does not need clipping. Just brush through several times a week, being gentle with the soft undercoat.
Brushing stimulates the natural oils and will bring the coat to a high gloss. Because the breed standard is for a hard coat, don't wash this Terrier too often - any more than once a month will cause the coat to be limp.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Australian Terrier is around 15 or more years.
Generally robust and healthy. Some reports of hot spots and skin eczema.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
The Australian Terrier will get on fine living in an apartment. It is fairly active indoors and will be fine without a yard provided it is given walks on a lead. They should not be allowed to roam free because they have a innate propensity to chase.
The Australian Terrier is an adaptable dog that will adjust to as much or little exercise as you are able to provide. It is happiest when allowed to romp and play in a safe area.
For More Information on the Australian Terrier
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Puppies are usually born black. History of longevity.
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