Area of Origin:
Date of Origin:
killing small vermin
Developed in Australia, and one of
the smallest working terriers, the Australian Terrier was first
shown as the Australian Rough-Coated Terrier in 1868 in Melbourne,
Australia. Officially recognised in 1933, the breed was probably
created by crossing many terrier breeds including the Irish,
Cairn, Norwich, Dandie Dinmont, Yorkshire, and the Skye terriers.
He was used for rodent and snake control, as a watchdog, and even
as a shepherd and as a companion.
Feisty and alert the Australian
Terrier was originally an aid to the pioneers in the harsh
Australian outback. Australian Terriers are endearing and loving
and make excellent companions. The Australian Terrier has an
affinity for children, the elderly and the handicapped. They are
tough and cheeky little dogs, despite their size and will even go
after snakes in their native country.
This is an active breed that needs
a good outing every day, either a moderate walk, a rollicking
game, or an off-lead run in a safe area. It was created to
withstand harsh Australian conditions
and is physically able to stay outdoors in temperate to warm climates. It
is also a good house
dog and needs to spend time with its family. Its wire coat needs
weekly combing plus twice yearly stripping of dead hairs (regular
plucking of dead hairs will keep the coat in optimal condition
year round). Some trimming around the feet will add to a tidy
Official Breed Standard
Strong Terrier character,
alertness, activity and soundness. Essentially a working terrier, it
is equally suited as a companion dog owing to its loyalty and even
A sturdy low-set dog
rather long in proportion to height. Its untrimmed harsh coat with
around the neck extending to the breastbone, assists its hard bitten and
The head long with flat
skull of moderate width full between the eyes, with slight but
stop. The muzzle, strong and powerful, of equal length to that of the
skull, which should be
covered with a soft silky top-knot. Nose, black of moderate size, the
to the bridge of the muzzle.
The eyes should be small,
with keen expression and of dark brown colour, set apart and not
The ears should be small,
erect, pointed, well carried, set on moderately wide, free from long
and sensitive in their use (Puppies under six months excepted).
Jaw strong and punishing,
teeth large and evenly spaced, the upper incisors fitting closely over
lower, lips black, tight and clean.
Long, slightly arched,
shapely and strong, blending into long, well-laid shoulders .
Forelegs well-boned and
perfectly straight, parallel when viewed from the front. Pasterns
without slope (slightly feathered to the knee).
Long in proportion to
height, strongly constructed, with well sprung ribs and chest of
depth and width. Level topline. Loins strong. Flanks deep.
Moderate length of
quarters, broad with strong muscular thigh, stifles well turned and
well bent and let down. Viewed from behind they should be parallel,
neither too wide nor
Small, well padded, toes
closely knit and moderately arched, turned neither in nor out, with
strong black or dark toenails.
The action to be free,
springy and forceful. When viewed from the front, the forelegs should
move truly without looseness of shoulder, elbows or pasterns. The
hindquarters to have drive
and power, with free movement of stifles and hocks. Seen from the rear the
legs from the
hocks to the ground to be parallel, neither too close nor too wide.
Docked, set on high and
well carried, but not over the back.
The body coat should
consist of a harsh straight dense top coat, approximately 6.3 cms
(2.5 inches) long with short soft-textured undercoat. The muzzle,
lower legs and feet to be
free from long hair.
Blue, steel-blue or dark
grey-blue, with rich tan (not sandy) on face, ears, under body, lower
legs and feet and around the vent (puppies excepted). The richer the
colour and more clearly
defined the better. Topknot blue, silver or a lighter shade than head
Clear sandy or red, smuttiness or dark shadings undesirable. Topknot a
The desirable weight is
approximately 6.3 kg ( 14 lbs). The desirable height is approximately
25.4 cms (10 inches) at the withers.
Flesh-coloured toe nails
or nose, white on feet; white breast; curly or woolly coat; all black
coat (puppies excepted). Overshot or undershot mouths.
Male animals should have
two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.