Is an Australian Terrier Breed right for you and your family?

Choosing a dog that is right for you and your family is very important. There are many factors for you to consider.  There are many breeds to choose from. Large dogs, small dogs, active and passive in personality.  What best fits your family and your lifestyle. It can be a difficult decision, but a very important one.  So, take your time and make sure you pick the best breed for you, remember they will be a part of your life for many years.

Based on our personal experiences with the Australian Terrier, I will honestly share with you what this breed is like.

Size, Temperament and Activity Level:

The Aussie Terrier is a small dog, the average height is 10-11 inches and length about 1 1/2 inches longer than height.  They weigh on the average 15-20 pounds.  They have a great deal of energy and spunk, yet at the same time are very happy just to lie around and do nothing.  Like all dogs, a brisk walk daily is recommended. 

The Australian Terrier is not a Toy Breed but a Terrier. They would not be a good choice for someone that is looking for a lap dog. They do love to be with you, near you, next to you, but to be carried around in a purse or held like a small dog that are not.

I think they are best described as a small dog with a large dog personality.  They are not barky or yappy.  They will tell you when you have a visitor and alarm you when they hear something, but that's all.

They are highly intelligent and very food motivated. That combination makes them very easy to train and teach them tricks.

The Aussie is very adaptable, love adventures, car rides, walks and they love everyone.  They are great with kids, with cats and other dogs.  They are an excellent dog to take to local nursing homes, or schools where allowed. They would make a great theropy dog.

Like most dogs, their human interaction needs are strong.  No dog should be left home crated or otherwise hours on end.  They are a very social breed.

They are not good with small rodents such as rabbits, or hamsters.  They still have their ratting instincts.

It is very important that you either plan to walk your Aussie on a leash or have a fenced in yard.  They can be stubborn in the sense that if they see a squirrel and begin the chase, it doesn't seem to matter how well they are trained they just can't help themselves and they are off!

Health:

They are a sturdy and healthy breed.  As a breed, we are watching and testing them for Thyroid issues, Diabetes and Patella problems.  These problems are not common, but have been identified as potential issues within the breed. A quality breeder will health test these potential issues prior to breeding any Sire or Dam.  Upon request, the breeder should provide you with the results. Expect your Aussie to live up to 14-15 years.

Climate:

Aussies are native to Australia, so they are use to warmer weather.  That being said, because they are a double coated dog, they do well in cooler climates as well.  They are not an outside breed and must never be left outside in the cold or unattended ever.

Grooming Requirements:

They are a non-shedding breed. The Aussies are either hand stripped or stripped with a stripping knife. The technique takes a bit of practice, but once you learn what to do, it's quite easy.  Stripping a companion Aussie should be done, every couple months.  Brushing their coat every few days, trimming their nails and brushing their teeth every other week is all that is required.

Diet:

No special diet. As with all dogs, buy the best, all natural product in your area. We feed Taste of the Wild or Fromm. Both great products in our area of the country.

I hope this over-view provides you with some detailed first hand information about the Australian Terrier Breed.  This information was based on our personal experiences with living, loving, and breeding Aussies for the past 5 years