|The Australian Terrier|
A Small, Sturdy Working Terrier
The Australian Terrier was created in Australia
over many decades, and many outcrossings. A female
puppy from a mating of rough coated terriers was taken to
England by its emigrating owners in the early 1800s. There,
it was mated to the forerunner of the Dandie Dinmont. Some
of these offspring were returned to Australia by a settler and
then, the experimenting started. Being so far removed from
other countries, the dog breeders crossbred to whatever dogs
they had available, such as the Skye Terrier, and conceivably,
an early Irish Terrier, the old Black and Tan Terrier and the
Yorkie. The result of all this breeding, was a lively small dog
of a typical terrier temperament, a good ratter and watchdog.
Soon, they were breeding true to type, and made their debut
at a dog show held in Melbourne in 1872. In 1896, the first
Australian Terrier club was formed in that city and a breed
standard was drafted. Exports to Britain and to the United
States soon followed. Finally, 30 years later, the breed
was recognized by the Kennel Club (England). It was
admitted to the AKC in 1960.
This small but sturdy terrier with prick ears, sports a
silky topknot, a harsh-textured outer coat, a distinctive ruff
and apron. They are sound, spirited, very alert, courageous,
and self confident. As a family companion, they are friendly,
very good with children and excellent watchdogs. Small
accommodation is suitable, exercise needs modest, and
since they shed a little, grooming once a week.
Australian Terrier dog
Height at withers: 10 - 11 in. (25.4 - 27.9 cm)
Weight: 12 - 14 lb. (5.5 - 6.4 kg).
Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years.