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Australian Terrier

Australian Terriers were originally bred in Tasmania from various British breeds, including Scottish Terriers. The Australian National Kennel Council recognised the breed back in 1928.

About the Australian Terrier

Essentially working dogs, Australian Terriers are also loyal and even-tempered enough to be excellent companions. These sturdy, low-set dogs are longer than they are high.

Lively, active and well built, they very much exhibit the terrier temperament. Their harsh, untrimmed coat forms a clear ruff around the neck, extending to the breastbone. The long, strong head contributes to a hardy, rugged appearance.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 3, AKC Terrier Group
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Loyal / Even-tempered

Key facts

  • Requires outdoor space
  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Makes a great family dog

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