Australian Terrier

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Australian Terrier Temperament,


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Australian Terrier Information and Breed Notes

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The Australian Terrier Temperament is Spirited, Alert, Extrovert, Friendly And Brave

Australian Terrier Temperament

Like the popular image of your average two legged  Aussie, the Australian  Terrier is an easy-going and happy-go-lucky dog that loves the company of others, they are entertaining pets with tremendous affection and loyalty towards their families.

This little dog adapts well to most environments from small apartments to a large house and will happily live in even quite confined spaces, though you will have to provide a great deal of entertainment and scheduled walking to keep them from becoming destructive. They are happiest when they have at least a small yard to play in and patrol.

Despite their size though they are courageous and bold, willing to take on any foe regardless of size, they will kill/chase small pets and may attack cats unless raised with them.

Not for novelty or decoration, this dog was bred for working and the Australian Terrier’s temperament is such that they will make a spirited companion in almost any activity. They are eager to please and are one of the more obedient terriers to train, especially if the owner is in tune with them.

Children: Usually good with older children who have been trained not to tease or annoy the dog. Not suitable for small children or toddlers, rough play may injure their smaller frames and they will  probably nip children that pull ,squeeze or otherwise mis-handle them.

Other Animals: May kill small pets or injure cats unless raised with them. Can be problematic with unfamiliar dogs.

Grooming: Aussie dogs are among the easiest to groom. Their thick wiry coats make it easy to keep them clean and tidy, and they shed little. Minimal shed if properly groomed.

Considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Protection level: Very deep bark for their size,ideal for their original role as watchdogs on a frontier homestead that still contained real dangers well into the 20th century. They still make excellent watchdogs, however excessive barking can be a problem especially if you have close neighbours.

Training: This is an independent and strong willed little chap so you will need to establish your leadership credentials early doors to make training as smooth a process as possible.

Overall though they are eager to please and bright so will be readily trainable, just remember to keep them interested through positive reinforcement.

















The Australian Terrier is one of the smallest working terriers and originated in Tasmania during the 1880’s sharing a common ancestry with the Silky Terrier, being a mix of a number of British terrier breeds whose purpose was to create a tough, fast and weatherproof dog to work on Australian farms.

 It was the first home grown Australian breed to be developed and shown in that country and was bred originally to keep vermin and snakes down, as well as acting as a watchdog and companion.


Australian Terrier yorkshire terrier

YorkshireTerrier

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog or can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and  high popularity breeds Is often a great place to start your search.

Health:

Aussies suffer from a few congenital disorders that are not typically fatal even at their worst. They are generally healthy dogs that live many years. Ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 Exercise:

High, needs plenty of exercise to burn off abundant energy, they need a job and if you don't give them one they'll make one for themselves, be it digging or barking and other common dog behavioral problems


The ideal owner is experienced and can provide an outlet for this dog's high energy levels through play and exercise. If you think you would like an Australian Terrier, firstly make sure you read our great advice on how to choose the right dog for your lifestyle and what to look for in a reputable breeder ,  you can check out the AKC accredited official Australian Terrier Club of America  .For dedicated Australian Terrier rescue try the following organisation; AustralianTerrierRescue.org  or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.









Cairn terrier, silky terrier


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Older Children

Affection

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Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health

Maintenance

Protection

Watchdog

Other Dogs

Shedding Amount

 Younger Children

Size

Active Lifestyle

Playfulness

Apartment Living




Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst


Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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