Australian Terrier


Developed in Tasmania, the Australian Terrier was the first native breed to be recognized and shown in that country. A versatile dog, the Australian Terrier was bred to be an all-purpose companion and worker, able to control livestock, manage pests such as snakes and rats, and guard against intruders. Suited to life on the farm, in the city, or somewhere in between, the Australian Terrier thrives on equal doses of activity and companionship.


Small; 10 to 11 inches, 14 to 18 pounds.


Sandy, red, or blue and tan.


Self-confident, spirited, and courageous. Keen and alert, although easier to quiet than some other Terriers. Friendly and affectionate; adaptable.

Energy level:

Medium to high as puppies, mellows later.

Best owner:

Family or active owner who enjoys training.


Daily exercise (walk or romp in park), leash, fenced yard, companionship, weekly combing plus twice yearly stripping.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.