Australian Terrier

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Life expectancy

The Australian Terrier has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 9 and 10 in
Male Between 9 and 10 in

Adult weight

Female Between 51 and 55 lb
Male Between 51 and 55 lb
Coat colour
Blue Red
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Australian Terrier costs between £250 and £500

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More details about the Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier: Origins and history

Way back in the early 19th century, travellers from the UK travelled to Australia, bringing along their rough-coated terrier dogs for protection against disease-ridden rodents and snakes. Once there, the dogs bred with other Terrier breeds, including the Cairn, Skye, Dandie Dinmont, Irish and Yorkshire, which eventually resulted in the Australian Terrier which we know today.

FCI classification of the Australian Terrier

  • Group 3 - Terriers

  • Section 2 : Small sized Terriers

Training a Australian Terrier

While independent and sometimes stubborn, the Australian Terrier is clever and highly trainable. The key with this breed is confidence. Be firm but fair and establish yourself as the leader from the start. With patience, consistency, a positive approach, and plenty of rewards, you’ll end up with an obedient friend. Because of the Aussie’s strong prey-drive, early socialization is particularly important.

Australian Terrier: Purchase price

Purchasing an Australian Terrier will cost you between £250 for Non-KC Registered dogs, and £500 for KC-Registered dogs. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £60 to £90 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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