The Australian Terrier, commonly referred to as an “Aussie”, is a fun-loving, upbeat dog who makes a great companion for any individual or family who wants a companion for their energetic lifestyle. They have upright ears and a rough, shaggy coat. Though they are the smallest of terriers, but don’t let their size fool you. An Aussie’s lively and mischevious personalitiy will worm their way into many pet owner’s hearts.
Common Health Conditions
- Australian Terriers may be prone to health problems like cruciate ligament ruptures. When this ligament is put under intense strain due to an awkward sudden movement or repetitive motion it can tear or rupture. When this ligament is damaged, it is no longer able to support the stifle joint, causing the joint to slip uncomfortably forward with each step.
- Australian Terriers also experience anxiety that can lead to “bad” behavior including chewing, scratching, and urinating inside the house.
- Dental disease is the most common chronic problem in pets, affecting 80% of all dogs by age two.