Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier is a small, short-legged dog with a cheerful and lively temperament and forms part of the popular terrier group of dogs.

Australian Terrier Breed Group


Size of the Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier was developed during the 19th century in Australia using native UK terrier breeds, possibly including the Scottish Terrier, the Cairn Terrier and the Skye Terrier. It was first recognised by the UK Kennel Club in 1936.

Country of Origin


Australian Terrier temperament

The Australian Terrier  is an energetic, enthusiastic, friendly dog with a confident attitude. It is a dog that loves the company of people, and children too. It is generally sociable and friendly with other dogs. Socialisation and training should be introduced from an early age.

Care should be taken around cats, and contact with other smaller pets in the family should be avoided.

Colour varieties of the Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier comes in a handful of colours which include:
•    Blue & Tan
•    Red
•    Sandy
•    Steel Blue & Tan

Size and weight of the Australian Terrier

Height bitch around 25cms

Height dog around 25cms

Weight (kilos) bitch up to 6.5kgs

Weight (kilos) dog up to 6.5kgs

Exercise requirements of the Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier is a lively and energetic dog that requires an hour of exercise off the lead daily. It’s a small dog, making it practical and adaptable to most living spaces. The Australian Terrier can happily live in a city or apartment as long as it receives the adequate amount of exercise and stimulation.

Is the Australian Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The Australian Terrier is fairly easy breed to train. It is a small dog, making it an ideal choice for families with limited living space. New owners should be aware of the grooming costs involved for this particular breed.

Australian Terrier coat length

Medium. The Australian Terrier has a harsh coat. The featherings on the abdomen and legs can grow quite long, without regular trimming and grooming.

Grooming requirements of the Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove mud, twigs, tangles and matts. The coat requires professional hand stripping by a professional dog groomer 2-3 times per year. Clipping and cutting the harsh outer coat will harm the coarse coat, and should be avoided. Expect to pay from £30 upwards for a full grooming session for your Australian Terrier.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


No. This breed sheds so is an unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier is a healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded in the breed and consult their breeder:
•    Diabetes
•    Cataracts
•    Allergic dermatitis
•    Luxcating Patellas
•    Ear infections
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Australian Terrier

A healthy Australian Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-11 years.

Approximate Australian Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £500 for a pedigree Australian Terrier puppy. Litters are not often available, with just 27 pedigree puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 2-6 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much an Australian Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog 5kgs requires 123gms of complete dry food daily. The weekly cost of feeding a 5kgs bitch or dog is around £3.00 Our figures are based on feeding an above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the terrier group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:
•    Worming and fleas preparations
•    Annual Vaccination boosters
•    Neutering or spaying
•    Microchipping
•    Dental treatment