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Australian Terrier

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Australian Terrier
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Appearance
10-11" (25-28 cm) Approx. 14 lb (6.5 kg) Harsh, straight outercoat with soft undercoat. Silky, light-coloured topknot. Distinct ruff and apron. Colours include solid red, solid sandy, various shades of blue and tan.
History

History

The Australian Terrier appeared in the late 19th Century and was the first Australian bred dog to be recognized in Australia. Rugged, hardy and fearless, with short legs, sturdiness, and speed, the Australian Terrier was an ideal hunter who helped control rodent problems. In addition to his hunting skills, he served as a devoted companion and helper during tough times and in tough terrain. The breed comes from a mix of terriers brought to the Australia by Scottish and Northern English settlers. He gets his blue fading colour from the Yorkshire Terrier, his short legs from the Scottish Terrier, and his adorable topknot from the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Other breed influences include the Skye and the Old Black and Tan Terrier.

Personality

This all-purpose, high energy dog is cheerful, friendly, and always up for an adventure. They are quick learners, highly intelligent, and have a strong desire to please, which makes them ideal for training. Their intelligence means that they can get bored if not stimulated, so it is a good idea to keep an Australian Terrier fairly busy. As born hunters, they are prone to chasing after small animals, so keep an eye out if squirrels are around! Australian Terriers build strong bonds with their families, but can appear aloof to outsiders. They’re also quick to defend their families from other dogs or strangers, which makes them ideal watchdogs.

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Australian Terrier Breeders

Tidewalker Australian Terriers
British Columbia

Tidewalker Reg'd – Top Quality. CKC Reg. Champion CKC & AKC pedigree. Producing puppies for temperament – health – and intelligence and conformation; current vaccinations – worming -vet checked. Contract – Health warranty. Family-raised and socialized puppies for pet or show home. Contact us for your next companion pet – performance prospect or show special. References available on request. Vancouver Island – BC. (250) 655-8868;  caren@tidewalker.ca; www.Tidewalker.ca

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ORRU Reg'd
British Columbia

ORRU Reg'd – Ladysmith – BC deb@orru.ca; www.orru.ca

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