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AKC Meet the Breeds: Australian Terrier

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

The Australian Terrier is small and sturdy with a blue and tan, sandy or red coat that is harsh in texture. They have a keen and alert expression and confident spirit. They are versatile in their work and living situations, making suitable companions in most environments. 

A Look Back
The Australian Terrier was developed to assist its owner during work in the rugged Australian Outback. He worked side by side with pioneers to control vermin and snake populations, sound the alarm when intruders approached, and help tend livestock. It was the first breed to be recognized as native to Australia in 1868. 

Right Breed for You?
The breed is described as spirited, alert and courageous, but also friendly and affectionate around humans. Australian Terriers can adapt to rural or urban dwellings and they do well with a family or someone living alone. The breed has a weatherproof double coat which sheds little and is suitable in any climate.

  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1960.
  • Height: 10-11 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Small and sturdy; rodent & snake hunter.

 

 

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