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Australian Terrier

Country/Date of Origin: Australia/19th Century

A rough and ready terrier that was developed for the rigorous demands of the Australian outback. It was created by blending Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, Irish , Scottish and probably Yorkshire terriers. Adept at hunting vermin, the Aussie will even tackle snakes. Recognized by the British Kennel Club in 1933, the breed was not admitted to registry by the American Kennel Club until 1960.

Other Names Body Type Personality Coat Health Concerns

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Aussie, Broken-coated Terrier

AKC Group: Terrier

Breed Club: Australian Terrier Club Of America

Rescue Club: Australian Terrier Club Of America Rescue

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Body Type:

  • A robust little working terrier that is rather long in body
  • Height: 10 inches
  • Weight: 12-14 pounds
  • Small erect ears are left natural
  • Tail is altered


  • Very eager to please
  • Active and alert. Makes an excellent watchdog
  • Courageous in the way of terriers but not hyperactive
  • Trains easily
  • Excellent companion for children
  • Aussies are not snappy or yappy. If they bark, there is a reason


  • Harsh double coat with topknot on head and ruff around throat
  • Outer coat is stiff, straight and dense
  • Undercoat is soft
  • Colors are blue-black or silver-black with tan markings or a solid red or sandy color
  • Coat is easy to maintain without professional attention

Health Concerns:

  • Generally robust and healthy breed
  • Hot spots and skin eczema
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • Puppies are usually born black
  • History of longevity

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