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About Australian Terrier

The size may fool you until it’s time for an Australian terrier action. It is one of those small dogs with high spirits combined with smartness. The grit is of a big working dog; their small body and fur make them seem cute. If you want an Australian terrier for sale near me, it means you like small, lively dogs. Check what we have on the ads above as you learn more about the breed below. We will cover a few things about what you should expect from an Australian Terrier. We hope the information will benefit you as you live with the dog.

Australian Terrier Overview


10-11 inches


15-20 pounds


Double, medium-length, and wiry

Coat Color

Blue and tan, sandy, red


Active, alert, affectionate, courageous

Litter Size

2-4 puppies


Puppy price ranges from $1300-$1500


11-15 years



Australian Terrier History

This terrier is believed to have come from the Rough-Coated terrier. This is one of the dogs from Great Britain to Australia. Research shows that the crossbreeding involved the Rough-Coated other terriers (from Britain, too) to get the Aussie version. The involved breeds include:

The results revealed a tough dog to help the settlers survive in the harsh 'Sunburnt country.' The Australian terrier could withstand the harsh heat and cold seasons, killing the snakes and rats in their dedicated areas. The settlers used them to drive out the vermin in gold mines, waterfronts, and sheep stations. They also served as shepherds, watchdogs, and companions for people in stressful areas. In the 19th century, the breed was called the Australian Rough-Coated terrier. In 1897, the officials renamed it to the Australian terrier.

After the Foreign Service and the British Aristocracy members brought the dog to England, the Kennel Club recognized it in 1933. The US saw the first one in the late 1940s when travelers and servicemen brought these terriers. Neil Fox (the Australian Terrier book author published in 1997) helped popularize and recognize this breed. In 1960, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed. The American Australian Terrier Club (formed in 1957) joined the AKC membership in 1977.

Dogs Similar to the Australian Terrier

The following dogs may share the same looks or characteristics as the Australian version.

  • Airedale terrier
  • Australian Silky terrier
  • Cairn terrier
  • Irish terrier
  • Australian Shepherd terrier mix

As you look for Australian terrier puppies for sale near me, check the above-listed breeds, too. We have breeders with healthy puppies and grown dogs. You can also get other breed versions originating from the Australian terrier. The ads at the top include an Australian shepherd terrier mix for sale and an Australian Silky terrier for sale near me. So, if you want an Australian terrier twist, we have a breeder near your location.  


It’s a small dog (you know that by now) weighing a maximum of 20 pounds. The short legs diminish the height to about 11 inches at the withers. The coat is double, medium length, and shaggy, which suits the changing Australian seasons. The hair is shorter on the feet, lower legs, and the muzzle. Coat colors are sandy, blue tan, and red. There are also markings on the ears, face, body, and legs, but that varies.

Some may have a tail, but it's docked in some cases. While it's not acceptable in some countries/regions, docking in the early days protected the dog from spinal injuries. It was a dog heavily involved in hunting in the fields and the goldmines.

Character Traits

This dog breed will suit you if you have a house and a backyard. Some say they do well in apartments, but that will work if you don't bore them. Australian terriers are great with family since they are playful and lively. They also love company; you will witness that as they follow you everywhere. If you are fond of being far away for too long, you should get another dog that can cope. It's also a jealous dog, so it will not do well if other pets are in the house.

Careful introduction and socialization can solve that, however. This dog is best suited for those who only want a dog in the house and no other pet. Since they are terriers, expect them to have that digging habit. If you live in an apartment, ensure you have toys that can keep the dog busy. Otherwise, it will act on your couch and pillows. If you can however handle them, they can be loyal and affectionate till the end.

Taking Care of an Australian Terrier

Training and Exercise

An Australian terrier does well with positive training and reinforcement. It is also excellent in agility sports, which heavily engages the mind and body. Having the dog play with you also strengthens the relationship. They are stubborn dogs, too, and they can be easily distracted. So, keep the training short but frequent. Have lots of treats to encourage the dog.

It's also a dog with hunting instincts. So, expect it to chase those cats and mice in the house. With that, you must work on a recall, which takes time and effort. If you have other pets, you need early and careful socialization to prevent aggression.

Exercises can go for 30-45 minutes per day. If you have a yard, let it roam there for some time, but ensure it's fenced. If not, walk while the dog is on a leash. The digging habit is always there, so have some sandpits for the dog to keep it active.


Australian Terriers' recommended daily food amount is ½ to 1 cup of high-quality dry food. You can sometimes go wet or have the food home prepared, but ensure you have the vet's advice. As you feed it, check on the dog's weight. If it's gaining weight, engage the dog in more exercise and minimize those treats.


Despite all the hair on this dog, Australian terriers are easy to groom. First, this dog does not need any form of clipping, and the shedding here is minimal. So, brushing can be done weekly, and nail trimming once a month. Bathing is necessary. You can schedule it after every three months or when the dog has an unbearable scent. Other grooming activities include cleaning the ears and brushing the teeth once a week. You should also regularly check the dog for any bad odor, redness, or anything that indicates an infection.  

Health Issues

The lifespan of an Australian terrier is between 11 and 15 years. Since they are active, they are generally considered healthy. The following conditions may, however, limit their lifetime with you.

  • Legg-Perthes: This is the deformity of the hip ball at the joint. A decrease in blood supply causes the head of the femur, making the bone to die off. It’s usually corrected using surgery.
  • Patellar luxation: Refers to the knee joint sliding in and out, causing pain as the dog walks. It mostly happens on the hind legs.
  • Allergies: They can be from food, the shampoos and chemicals used in grooming the dog, or inhaled dust and mildew.
  • Diabetes mellitus: The blood sugar levels are not properly regulated. This causes the Aussie to eat more, but you will note that the dog is losing weight. Administering insulin and watching the diet can help in controlling the condition.

Should You Get an Australian Terrier?

We have the Australian terrier for sale offers here. On the other hand, you need to decide whether this dog is for you or not. Here are a few points to keep in mind as you get one.


  • Loyal and affectionate
  • Active and playful dogs
  • Trainable
  • Can adapt to different environment settings


  • They are diggers
  • Expect jealousy, especially if you have other pets
  • High prey drive since they have the hunting characteristic

Where to Get an Australian Terrier

We have Australian terrier dogs for sale here via the ads at the top. The cost of a puppy ranges between $1300 and $1500. If you want a full-grown dog, you can get one from breeders in rescue centers. The cost ranges from $300 to $700. The Australian terrier price depends on the breeder, location, bloodline, and the available vaccination and health certificates. The ads at the top also include Australian terrier mix for sale and Australian Silky terrier puppies for sale near me from various breeders. Click on the offers to book and get one delivered to your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between Australian terriers and Australian Silky terriers?

Australian terriers developed in the 19th century from a crossbreed of various terriers from Great Britain. They include Cairn, Skye, Dandie Dinmont, and Yorkshire terriers. The Silky terrier developed in 1980 through a crossbreed of Australian and Yorkshire terriers. Australian terriers are hunters and vermin chasers, while the Silky version suited an urban setting.

2. Are Australian terriers good for the children?

Yes, an Australian terrier suits family life and is good for the children. However, teaching your kids how to behave around the dog would be best.

3. What is the lifespan of an Australian terrier?

An Australian terrier's lifespan ranges from 11 to 15 years.

4. Are Australian terriers jealous dogs?

Aussies are jealous dogs that want all your attention. That is why they don’t like the company of other dogs or pets.

5. Does an Australian terrier get along with other pets?

In addition to being jealous, they don’t get along with other pets since Australian terriers have a high prey drive. If you have other pets, the dog needs socialization and training from an early stage.  

Wrapping Up

An Australian terrier is an interesting dog breed that will keep up with the fun if not introducing you to some. It can be a dog full of activity, so be ready for that as you look for an Australian terrier for sale. It fits family life and is much better if you live in rural areas or have a backyard. There are breeders with Australian terrier puppies for sale near me via the ads at the top of the page. Click on the best offer and have your dog delivered in the shortest time possible. Our breeders are well-informed about this dog breed, and you can get all the necessary answers and papers.