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Australian Terrier
The smallest of the working terriers, the Australian Terrier was the first Australian breed recognized and shown in Australia and first to be accepted in other countries. This fast, sturdy, fearless dog assisted settlers as they expanded into the frontiers of Australia.  As killers of vermin and snakes, tending sheep, serving as watchdogs and companions they were incomparable and indefatiguable.  Still, today, they are an excellent choice for a variety of lifestyles as his attitude, energy and spirit have them ready for each new adventure.
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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 10-11 inches
Weight: proportionate (usually around 12-16 pounds) Longevity: mid to late teens
Colors: blue and tan, solid sand, solid red Coat type: harsh and straight, undercoat is short and soft
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Compact, longer in body than tall, moderate substance with very alert attitude, brilliant expression, prick ears, docked tail and coat of 2.5 inch harsh coat with furnishings over body.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: good but with strong terrier sense of justice
  with Children: varies with individual
  with other pets: varies with individual
  with dogs: varies with individual
Socialization requirements: very high - left without proper socialization they can be overwhelmed by new experiences
Ideal home characteristics: one that respects that this small dog is meant to be bold, fearless and confident but cannot rule the roost
Temperament Notes: charming, effusive, jaunty, easy to spoil
Training requirement: moderate, basic manners are needed
Trainer notes: Really wonderful dogs physically, easy to manage coat, compact size, sturdy and of good health.  As a true Terrier, they cannot be spoiled or they will be tyrants in their own home to the point of showing aggression toward all others in the house.  Without proper socialization they can find most experiences threatening and responde with fear aggression.  With that said, they are a delightful breed to raise for the committed and dedicated family.  The effort required in the dog's first year or so to develop a happy, well mannered and socialized companion is well worth the investment.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1880s
Country of Origin: Australia
Original Function: ratter, herder, companion and watchdog
History: Truly of pioneer stock, the Australian Terrier assisted those that expanded the frontiers of that country.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too big or small, coat is smoother or less dense, more fringes about the face, poor mouths; shy or aggressive; tail not docked or docked improperly
Health Notes: Cushings, Addisons, Thyroid issues, Diabetes, eye problems
Health Testing: CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Australian Terriers?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • How did you choose the sire of this litter?
  • What health problems have you seen in the breed?
  • Which health clearances do you get for breeding stock?
  • What titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • How old are the puppies when they go to their homes?
Web Sites:

http://australianterrier.org/rescue.html - Information on Australian Terrier Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard:

http://australianterrier.org/standard.html - Australian Terrier Club of America Breed Standard

Breeder Ethics:

http://australianterrier.org/breeders.html - ATCA Article on selecting a breeder

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