Australian Terrier

Terrier Group

Australian Terrier sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

10-11 in

Weight

15-20 lbs

Life Expectancy

11-15 yrs

History

The Australian Terrier originated in Australia in the early 19th century. Their ancestors were terriers that had been brought to Australia by British settlers during this time. The Australian Terrier was bred to eradicate pests including mice and snakes from the waterfront, gold mines, and on farms.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Australian Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★☆☆☆

★★

★★

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★☆☆☆


Noise Level

★★


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Upbeat, playful, and fun-loving

Love to dig, chase animals, and bark

Thrive on constant companionship and would prefer to be with the family for the entirety of the day

Will try to push boundaries and assume alpha role in the house if not taught otherwise

Highly intelligent and get bored easily, especially during repetitive training