Australian Terrier – Breed Info

Country of origin: Australia
Shoulder height: 25 – 30 cm
Weight: 5 – 9 kg
Age: 12 – 14 years
Colour: blue-grey with tan, sand-colored, red
Use: Companion dog, the family dog

The Australian Terrier is a small, happy, hardy, and adaptable companion. He is considered peaceful towards other dogs and – despite his energy and drive – is calm and balanced in the house. With his uncomplicated nature, he is also suitable for dog beginners.

Origin and history

The Australian Terrier (also called “Aussie”) is originally descended from British working terriers that arrived in Australia with Scottish and English settlers in the 19th century. There they were crossed with local terrier breeds. Their job was to guard the house and yard and to keep smaller predators such as mice, rats, and snakes in check. The Australian Terrier was first shown at a dog show in Melbourne in 1880. Breeding began in 1921 with the formation of the Australian Terrier Club. The breed only came to Europe in the second half of the 20th century.


With a shoulder height of around 25 cm, the Australian Terrier belongs to the short-legged terriers. It has a powerful body that is significantly longer than it is tall. His eyes are small, round and dark brown. The ears are pointed and erect. The tail is set high and carried happily upwards.

The Australian Terrier’s coat consists of a harsh, dense top coat about 6 cm long and a fine undercoat. The fur is short on the muzzle and paws and forms a distinct frill around the neck. The color of the coat can be blue-grey with rich tan (head, chest, legs, belly) or solid sand or red.


The Australian Terrier is a very friendly, intelligent, and affectionate dog. He is open to all people and gets along well with other dogs or pets. The uncomplicated companion dog is considered good-natured and fond of children and remains playful into old age. Due to his original purpose, he is also a reliable guardian, but not an outspoken barker.

Aussies are lively and spirited dogs but are not hyperactive or nervous. With enough activity and exercise, they are very calm and balanced housemates. The upbringing does not present any great difficulties if you start with it from an early age and proceed with loving consistency. Even dog beginners will have fun with the cheerful little terrier.

Hardy and adaptable, the Australian Terrier is suited to family life in the country but can also be kept well in an apartment in the city. Grooming the Australian Terrier is fairly straightforward. If the coat is brushed regularly and trimmed twice a year, then it hardly sheds.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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