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Australian Terrier


With their fun personality, Australian Terriers are a delight to be around. They form strong bonds with their owners and have a gusto for life that is difficult to dampen. They generally learn pretty fast and are more eager to please than most terriers.

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The Ultimate Guide to Australian Terriers

Key Characteristics Of Australian Terriers
How Can I Take Good Care Of An Australian Terrier Puppy?
Most Asked Australian Terrier Questions
Similar Dog Breeds

With their fun personality, Australian Terriers are a delight to be around. They form strong bonds with their owners and have a gusto for life that is difficult to dampen. They generally learn pretty fast and are more eager to please than most terriers.


Australian Terrier Origins

The Australian Terrier is also referred to as the Aussie. These dogs originated from Tasmania in the 19th century. Sources suggest that their ancestor is the rough-coated terrier. This was an import from the Great Britain.

The terriers were then cross-bred with other Australian native breeds. The result was the Aussie we know today. Some of the breeds used in the outcross were the Cairn, Yorkshire, Irish and the Skye Terriers.

The reason for developing Aussies was to create fast and tough dog breeds. These animals helped in hunting rodents and snakes. Occasionally, they were also used to tend sheep and protect the farmers’ lands.

The first time the Aussie was developed was back in the 1820s. At the time they were called the Rough-Coated Terrier. It wasn’t until 1897 that they got their official name.


Key Characteristics of Australian Terriers

Are Cavoodles Family-Friendly?These dogs get on well with their owners. But because of their small size, they are better suited for families with older kids as toddlers can be a bit rough.
Daily Exercise Needs?A short walk for half an hour or so is enough.

As cavoodles are playful, they burn off energy throughout the day. They do so by playing with a range of toys, which keep them mentally stimulated.
Common Health Issues & ConsiderationsCavoodles may suffer from:
● Syringomyelia- a condition where their skulls turn out to be too small for their brains.
● Mitral Valve Disease- it’s a condition that affects the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
● Cataracts- it’s characterized by the formation of a cloudy membrane over your dog’s eye.
Lifespan10 to 14 years.
Nature / Temperament
Cavoodles are a gentle and sweet-natured dog breed. They are lively and friendly dogs that are very sociable. This is not surprising since both of their parents have these traits.

Even though they look like teddy bears, these dogs are intelligent as they are trainable.
Both males and females weigh between 5 and 12 kg

30 to 35 cm
Suitable EnvironmentThis is mainly an indoor dog. Its small size makes it perfect for an apartment. Plus, it does not create a mess at home. Although it has a curious nature, the Cavoodle likes observing its surrounding silently.
GroomingThey are non-shedding to low shedding dogs. But even though they don’t shed that much, their fur still needs regular grooming. It’s a good idea to brush their coat on a weekly basis to prevent it from getting tangled.

Other considerations:

● Australian Terriers love to chase. To prevent this, ensure your yard has no cracks or gaps in the fence where they can escape through.

● The colour possibilities of the Aussie are blue-and-tan, sandy or solid red.

● These dogs are usually family-oriented. They become fond of kids and the elderly, but like with other breeds, they need to be supervised with young children.

● Aussies are intuitive. Since they like spending a lot of time with their family, they’ll naturally try and match their mood to yours. If you’re happy they’ll be lively, and if you’re depressed they’ll be dull and quiet.

● Australian Terriers really enjoy having their own space. Therefore consider getting them a crate designed for small breeds. This should be spacious enough for them to stand up, sleep and turn around.


How can I take good care of my Australian Terrier or Australian Terrier Puppy?


Aussies should have 0.5 – 1 cup of dry dog food every day. Luckily, these dogs are not picky eaters. They have a moderate appetite, and generally don’t overeat. Still, they need access to fresh water at all times.

Bear in mind that Aussies are prone to itchy skin and allergies. If your pup starts suffering from these conditions, try switching to premium lamb. If this doesn’t work, have a vet examine them.


These dogs have a very unique coat. More specifically, their coats are dense and waterproof, enabling them to repel dirt. Therefore they need minimal grooming. Brushing their coats once a week is usually adequate.

Recommended Grooming Tips:

● Trim the hair around their eyes if it gets longer to prevent irritation.

● Bathe them on an ‘as-needed’ basis.

● Also trim their nails if they grow too long.


Regular exercise and play is vital if you want your Australian Terrier to grow healthy. Take them for a walk for at least an hour every day. But ensure they’re on a leash to prevent them from chasing other animals.


These are bright, inquisitive and clever dogs. The benefit of this is that they learn pretty quickly. The downside? They can start creating and following their own rules.

To avoid this, take them through obedience training. It’s important that you work with your Aussie during training. This way, they’ll be able to understand their place in the family. Also, keep the training sessions fun. Try using incentives like verbal praise and treats to motivate them.

If not well-socialised, Aussies can occasionally be aggressive. Start socialising them early by introducing them to an array of environments. As you build on their knowledge of the outside world, they’ll be less prone to aggression.

Most Asked Australian Terrier Questions

<b>What is it like to live with an Australian Terrier?</b>

With the Aussie, there’s never a dull moment. These dogs are almost always energetic and excited. They will sympathise with your sad times and celebrate with you in times of bliss.

But they are also hunters at heart meaning they’ll chase small animals or pets (and yes, that includes cats). They also love to dig.

Do they make good watchdogs?

Aussies tend to be protective of their owners and surrounding. Though they’re not ‘yappy’, they generally alert owners when they see or hear something they deem suspicious. But beyond barking, they are too tiny to provide physical actual protection.

How much does the Australian Terrier cost?

Australian Terriers for sale cost between $1000 to $1600 approximately.

This is general information and should not be relied on as adoption or purchasing advice.

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