The coat is a wash ’n’ wear easy keeper; routine brushing and occasional hand plucking required.
The breed is described as spirited, alert and courageous, but also friendly and affectionate around humans. Australian Terriers can adapt to rural or urban dwellings and they do well with a family or someone living alone. The breed has a weatherproof double coat which sheds little and is suitable in any climate.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Australian Terrier is a small breed and has a lifespan into its teenage years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The harsh coat resists matting and repels dirt and mud easily. The breed has a weatherproof double coat which sheds little and is suitable in any climate. Keeping their coat in good condition also keeps them cool in summer and warm and dry in cold or rainy weather. Their nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Life on remote frontiers with little company forged a tight bond between Aussies and their people. To this day, outgoing Aussies are people-oriented companions who don’t do well when neglected—they practically demand to be part of the family. They’re alert, discerning watchdogs and said to be quick studies when training. Terrier instinct remains strong: Aussies love digging, and the urge to chase small, furry critters has never left them. Not always a great fit in multi-dog households, Aussies want you all to themselves.
Australian Terrier &HEALTH
Plan to take your new puppy for a check up soon after bringing him home to establish a relationship between you, your dog and your vet. As with some of the small breeds of dogs, luxating patellas (or kneecaps) can occur, as can Legg-Perthes Disease, a malformation of the hip joint which manifests itself in a youngster as limping and pain. Other health problems that have been found to occur in this breed include diabetes, immune deficiency problems, skin and digestive allergies and malignancies.
These are not common problems and this is generally a very sturdy breed. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own an Australian Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.