Australian Terrier Breed Profile


The Australian Terrier is a very loyal breed of dog. They have an even disposition and they love to work all the time. Being a working terrier, the Australian Terrier has great alertness, a high level of activity, and is of great soundness.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is great for the working environment, but must be supervised around children at all times. This breed of dog makes a great watch dog.

Lifespan and Weight

The lifespan of this breed of dog is around 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live around 20 years and even longer. The weight for this breed is around 9 to 14 pounds.

Common Diseases

Luckily this breed of dog has relatively few health concerns. The only health concerns I could find were media patella luxation, diabetes, and hypothyroidism.

Housebreaking and Shedding

This breed is an average shedder. You must brush around every other day to avoid a complete mess of fur. Housebreaking can be difficult, as is the tendencies with terriers. However, housebreaking can be accomplished with use of puppy pads and patience on part of the owner.

Best Owner Compatibility

Can be for the apartment or condo dweller. Not for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. This breed of dog loves to exercise, so be prepared!

Where to buy

The best places to buy an one of these little dogs are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning this breed of dog does not come cheaply. The average cost for these dogs is around $600 to $1,000+ each. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

These types of dogs are typically not aggressive animals. However, they are reserved around strangers. They love children, but should be supervised around children. If abused, aggression can present itself.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog can be noisy if ignored or neglected.

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