Affectionately known as "aussies", Australian Terriers are a non-shedding, small dog breed that easily adjusts to different living conditions and make loyal companions. Aussies make great family dogs for those with older, respectful children. Due to their low exercise needs, they also make fine pets for the elderly.
Australian Terrier Facts:
Grooming: The non-shedding, shaggy coat of an Australian Terrier will need weekly brushings and grooming every 3 months.
Social Skills: This little dog gets along with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Very devoted to its owner, Aussies are very playful and affectionate. They possess a "big dog' in a little body attitude. Protective and devoted to their families.
Children: Great for families with older respectful children.
Housing: Easily adapts to any indoor living conditions. Ideal for apartments and condo living. Make nice companions for the elderly.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily - begin early training.
Health: Hip displaysia, patellar luxation and skin problems. More information on Australian Terrier inherited health disorders.
History: Aussies have an origin from Australia and are known as a ratter-type of dog whose purpose was to hunt vermin, be watchdogs and herd sheep. They are said to be produced from breeding combinations of Cairn, Skye, Dandie Dinmont, Irish and Yorkshire terriers.