The Australian terrier is small, hardy and medium-boned; it’s very long in proportion to height. This is a working terrier which should show a ground-covering gait and challenging condition. Its weatherproof coat consists of a brief, soft undercoat and a harsh, directly, outer coating, approximately 2.5 inches long, shorter on the tail and lower legs. It sports a ruff round the neck along with a topknot of more hair adds to its sharp, intelligent expression.
Among the more silent terriers, the Aussie is nonetheless a plucky, demanding character, prepared to take care of a rodent once the opportunity arises. It’s fun-loving and adventuresome, and requires daily exercise to keep it from getting frustrated. It’s smart and usually keen to please, which makes it among the more obedient terriers. It gets along quite well with other dogs and family pets. It’s reserved with strangers. Reflecting its earth puppy legacy, it will like to dig.
|• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: none
• Occasionally seen: Legg-Perthes, patellar luxation, diabetes
• Suggested tests: none
• Life span: 12-14 years
|The federal terrier of Australia, this is among the tiniest of the working terriers. It had been created in Tasmania, from different European strains, and shares much of its desktop using the silky terrier. In Tasmania, the rough-coated terrier has been an all-purpose companion, killing vermin and snakes, restraining livestock, and sounding the alert in intruders. A cornucopia of strains has been spanned with this root inventory, one of them the precursors of this Skye, Dandie Dinmont, Scotch, Yorkshire and Manchester terriers. The end result was a puppy which has been both practical and striking in appearance. The very first of this strain has been shown at the late1800s as a “broken-coated terrier of blackish blue sheen.” The title was soon changed into the tan and blue, the toy, and then the blue terrier, then in 1900 that the rough-coated terrier, tan and blue. Although chiefly known for its beige and blue coloration, a reddish or sandy shade was also found one of the ancient representatives of this strain. Shortly after the strain had made its way into British reveal homes and rings, and by 1925 it had come to America. It obtained AKC fame in 1960.|