Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: 15-20 pounds
Height: 10-11 inches
Origin of Name: The Australian Terrier is a small breed of dog of the terrier dog type.
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Among the touches of home were 19th-century British springers who were brought to Australia, working breeds of several breeds. Australians are said to be the result of interbreeding of British mainstars such as Cairn, Dandy Dinmont, Norwich, Scotty, Sky and Yorkshire Terriers - and a practiced eye can recognize aspects of these and other terriers in Ossie makeup. Australians were obliged to be fearless, all-purpose exterminators, working on small mammals and snakes. (One breed historian says that Australians employed a "leap-twist-and-pew" approach to killing the snake.)
Life with small company in remote areas of Australia formed a tight bond between Australians and their people. These youngest Frontier Dogs, among the working terriers, prove to be unethically devoted pets during daytime work.
To this day, outgoing Australians are people-oriented companions who do not do well when neglected - they practically demand to be part of the family.
The Australian Terrier can reasonably claim to be the "dog of Australia". It was the first native breed to be officially recognized in its homeland, and the first Australian breed to be recognized in other countries. The first club dedicated to the breed was established in Melbourne in 1887, a breed standard was formulated, and imports into the US and the UK soon began. In 1933 the Kennel Club (England) rated the Australian breed and in 1960 the AKC recognized the breed.