The Australian Terrier is a small breed within the Terrier group, originating in Australia. The breed was developed in the mid-1800s as a ratter, through the mixing of several breeds like the Cairn, the Yorkshire, the Skye and the Dandie Dinmont. It was bred to suit many tasks, like pest control (rodents or snakes), as well as shepherding, guarding and as a companion pet.
A cheeky, inquisitive and excitable breed, they are an excellent companion dog and can suit a number of roles and tasks. They stand around 25 centimetres tall fully-grown, and have a short, rough-haired coat. Top coat is wiry with a softer undercoat. Colouring can be blue and tan, sandy and rust.
It is a hardy breed, with few genetic defects, and a life expectancy of about 15 years. Litter size is usually four to five.
Temperament and Hygiene
This Terrier is bright, alert and active. Can be aggressive towards other dogs and can be bossy. It can display the same problematic behaviour that other terrier breeds exhibit, however is generally quite hard wearing and less snappy and yappy.