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.
The Australian Terrier was the first Australian breed to be recognized and shown in its native land and was also the first Australian breed to be accepted officially in other countries. An Australian native-bred, broken-coated terrier made its first appearance on the show bench in Melbourne in 1868. In 1899 the breed was exhibited specifically as "Australian Terriers, Rough-Coated," and both sandy/red and blue/tan colors are noted in show records of that year. The breeds chosen for crossbreeding were selected to promote specific desired traits.
They’re alert, discerning watchdogs and said to be quick studies when training. 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. As an active dog they will need regular exercise to keep them from becoming bored or developing destructive behavior.
Coat & Grooming: The harsh coat resists matting and repels dirt and mud easily. The breed has a weatherproof double coat which sheds little and is suitable in any climate. Keeping their coat in good condition also keeps them cool in summer and warm and dry in cold or rainy weather. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.