Australian Terrier Dog Breed at a Glance


The Australian Terrier, which also goes by the name, Aussie, is a small-sized dog with shorter fur on its muzzle, feet, and legs, and a ruff around its neck. It is a fun and affectionate breed that’s good for kids, and which does not require a yard. It will alert its owners should there be an intruder present, but is not a protective breed. The Aussie is considered average to train, and is good with new dog owners.

Group: Terrier

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HISTORY of the Australian Terrier Dog Breed

Origin: Australia


The loving, loyal, and sensitive Australian Terrier is energetic, alert, courageous, and intelligent. With a high hunting drive and impulse to wander, keep your dog on a leash when out and about. Although it is good with kids, it is not a cat-friendly breed. Barking is occasional.

Physical Characteristics of the Australian Terrier Dog Breed

The common colors of this breed include red or blue, and typically have markings on their bodies, legs, face, and ears. Its coat is medium in length, water-repellent, wirey, harsh and rough.

This small dog weighs between 12 and 14 pounds, making it among the lighter dogs of all breeds. It stands between 10 and 11 inches tall.

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Shedding is minimal, making it a great companion for those who don’t want a lot of hair on their floors. It also has a low drooling tendency. Regular brushing is important to maintain its fur. It can easily adapt to hot or cold climates. The Australian Terrier is a hypoallergenic breed.

Health and Care of the Aussie

Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Australian Terrier is between 12 and 14 years, which is about average for a dog of this size.

Common Health Concerns

Each breed is susceptible to certain health conditions. The Australian Terrier is at a high risk for developing:

  • Patellar Luxation

and a medium risk for developing:

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease.


Caring for an Aussie requires ensuring it gets plenty of exercise to remain fit. It has a moderate weight gain potential, so proper nutrition and an exercise routine will keep it fit.


As a small dog, the Australian Terrier dog breed requires between 0.5 and 1 cup of kibble each day.


Expect moderate maintenance regarding this breed’s grooming needs. Beyond the regular brushing, it will require the occasional stripping or trimming.

The Australian Terrier was recognized by the AKC in 1960.

Source: petbreeds