Spirited and self-confident, the Australian Terrier is the smallest of the working terriers. With their upright ears and shaggy coat, they are jumpers and runners who have strong instincts to chase small animals including squirrels, rabbits, mice, and cats. They are not yappy however they will bark when necessary. Often these Aussies are so attached to their families that they will match your mood, going as far to snuggle up with you on the couch when you are feeling down. They have a special affinity for the young, elderly, and disabled. If left alone in the back yard, they will take the opportunity to tend to their favourite pastime – digging. The Aussie Terrier may be small but they possess the confidence similar to that of a large breed.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Keep in mind that these dogs have strong hunting instincts and so a fenced yard is a must if you want to keep them safe and protected within your property. Because of the fact that all terriers can be bossy and aggressive around other dogs, socialisation from the start is recommended. When training your Aussie, remember that motivation is key and they will refuse to work for free. Start crate training as a puppy and they will become accustomed to traveling and sleeping in their safe haven. Provide a few brisk walks a day to keep them happy and healthy.
Common Health Issues
Patellar luxation, Legg-perthes, Diabetes Mellitus, Allergies.