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Australian Terrier


Overview of Australian Terrier

Nineteenth-century British settlers brought a variety of working terriers to the land down under, so it is said that the Australian Terrier or Aussie is the result of mixing the Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, Norwich, Scottish, Skye, and Yorkshire Terriers. Bred to be fearless, all-purpose exterminator (specializing in small mammals and snakes),these tough little frontier dogs proved to be cuddly, devoted companions when the day's work was complete. The Australian Terrier was the first native breed to be officially recognized in its homeland and the first Aussie breed to be recognized in other countries, so calling them 'Australia's dog' is a fair claim! Their weatherproof, double coat does a good job of repelling dust and debris so a quick weekly brushing is usually enough to keep them looking tip-top. Aussies come in blue-and-tan, solid red or sandy.

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Australian Terrier

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease:

Is a condition that affects the hip joint (which has a ball and a socket). The femoral head or ball starts to deteriorate and the hip cannot function properly, which may lead to arthritis. This is a hereditary health condition that affects small dogs such as Australian terriers.

Recommendations for Legg-Calve-Perthes disease in Australian Terrier Dogs:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Australian Terrier

Diabetes Mellitus:

Aka 'sugar diabetes' is a condition that develops when the body has difficulty utilizing glucose - the main source of energy for the body’s cells.

Recommendations for Diabetes Mellitus in Australian Terrier Dogs:

Common Health Conditions & Recommendations for Australian Terrier

Dental Disease:

Is one of the most common chronic issues in pets, affecting many dogs, even from a young age. Regular brushing greatly reduces dental issues like periodontal disease.

Recommendations for Dental Disease in Australian Terrier Dogs:


Due to their close working relationship with humans in the field, Australian Terriers practically demand to be part of a family unit and don't do well when left alone. These dogs are upbeat and lively, and approach life with the grit and curiosity only a terrier can bring to the scene! They are intelligent, alert watchdogs that are highly trainable. True to terrier style, Aussies love digging and love hunting little critters, so they may not always be a great fit in multi-dog or multi-pet households because they want you all to themselves!

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