Australian Terrier affectionately known as "Aussie" is one of the smallest in the Terrier group. In general, it stands between 23 to 28 cm (9 - 11 inches) and typically weighs between 4 to 6 kg (9 - 14 lb). Its weatherproof coat reaches about 5 to 6.5 cm (2 - 3 in) long that normally comes in solid red, sandy or blue with tan markings on the head and legs. The Aussie though small has a sturdy structure. Its body is in proportion to its height with small oval-shape eyes that may be dark brown or black. It has small, erect and pointed ears and has black nose with tight and dark brown or black rimmed lips. Like many terrier breeds, Australian Terrier also has a 'scissors bite' with teeth of good size. Its tail that is customarily docked is set on high and carried in an upright position. This kind of breed has small, clean and catlike feet with short and black nails.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Australian Terrier is one of the smallest of the terrier breeds developed in Australia. It was believed that in the United Kingdom in the early 1800s, a native dog known as "rough-coated terrier" and a close relative of the Old Scotch dog of Great Britain have been cross-bred with chosen breeds to create a fast, robust and courageous little dog. It was not until 1933 that it was recognized that the terrier breeds used to create Australian Terrier includes the precursor of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Skye, the Yorkshire, Irish, Cairn, Norwich, the old Black and Tan Terrier. The goal was fulfilled on the birth of another new terrier breed, the Australian Terrier, and was shown to the public as the Australian Rough-Coated Terrier in 1868 in Melbourne, Australia. Aussie was then used as a watchdog, as a shepherd, and as a companion. Today, Australian Terrier serves as great companion dog.
Aussie, like many terrier breeds, is very intelligent, vigilant, spirited and self-assured. It is an alert, amusing and loveable little dog. This dog is good to travel with. Aussies are bred naturally as a watch dog with very keen audible range and eyesight, so it serves as an excellent watchdog. This breed is not snappish, likes to bark and is very good to everyone provided they do not tease the dog.
Training an Aussie is much easier than most other terrier breeds. Being intelligent and alert, they are very responsive and can understand what is wanted from them very quickly.
Grooming an Aussie is very simple and is not time consuming. Its hard, lengthy, hairy coat is very easy to care for and does not require clipping. Brushing its coat a couple of times a week could be enough as the brushing stimulates the natural oil in the coat bringing the coat to a high gloss. Because the breed standard is for a hard coat, bathe them only when it's needed because any more than about once a month will make the coat floppy. Trimming its hair around the eyes and ears should also be done, if needed make sure you do so with blunt-nosed scissors. It also requires plucking about every three months since it sheds little to no hair. The nails should also be clip regularly.
The Australian Terrier was bred as a sturdy dog free from any major hereditary diseases and usually can lives 13 up to 15 years with proper given attention to its diet. Feeding an Australian Terrier is no problem for they can be fed economically.
The Australian Terrier does better indoors for they are not suited to living outside. They enjoy a daily walk but in general require minimal exercise.
The Australian Terrier was bred as a watchdog and a companion, and as a result, it loves to be with people. It shows great affection for its immediate family and is very good with children. They are safe and affable with other dogs as well as other pets, however, they have the tendency to chase small animals. In general, adult male terriers do not get along well with other adult male dogs.