The Australian Terrier is an intelligent and confident breed. But how do you know whether you are ready to purchase a pet and if this breed is right for you? This information is absolutely necessary in making the decision to purchase a pet.
The origin of the Australian Terrier can be traced back to early 19th century Australia. It is believed that the Australian Terrier is a descendent of such breeds as the Rough-Coated Terrier and various British Terrier breeds, though this has never been proven scientifically.
Throughout its history, the Australian Terrier has been used as both a working dog and companion, helping control rodents such as snakes and rats.
Enthusiasts believe that the Australian Terrier was used in creating such breeds as the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Skye Terrier, the Yorkshire Terrier, the Manchester Terrier, the Irish Terrier, and the Cairn Terrier.
The Australian Terrier was the first Australian breed to be shown in the country. The first breed standard was published and released in 1896.
During the early 1900’s, the Australian Terrier was introduced to Britain and the United States. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960.
Today, while the Australian Terrier has a large underground following, it remains a somewhat rare breed in most parts of the world.
Best known for its alert, confident, and courageous spirits, the Australian Terrier is a feisty and energetic breed. These dogs love to run and play. This breed can be somewhat independent, but becomes quickly attached to its owner and is often loving and affectionate. The Australian Terrier can be overly confident and stubborn at times.
Like all Terrier breeds, the Australian Terrier’s confident and somewhat stubborn attitude can sometimes get in the way of training. This breed is highly intelligent and trainable, but requires patience and a gentle yet stern approach.
Establishing immediate dominance and trust is key to successfully training the Australian Terrier.
Benefits and Disadvantages of the Breed
There are many benefits to owning an Australian Terrier. This feisty breed is very energetic, and often entertaining to watch while at play. The Australian Terrier is confident and alert, announcing the arrival of guests. These dogs love to hunt and kill small rodents such as snaked, rats, and opossums. This breed typically gets along with other pets and small children, when properly socialized from a young age. The Australian Terrier is loving and affectionate, making a nice family pet and companion alike.
Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages to owning an Australian Terrier. These athletic dogs require large amounts of daily exercise and room to run and play. Anyone wishing to purchase this breed lacking the adequate amount of time and space to dedicate to the dog is strongly advised against doing so. An Australian Terrier not receiving the proper amount of exercise will often act out by destroying property, chewing, barking, whining, and ignoring basic training such as housebreaking.
Due to their need to hunt and kill rodents, the Australian Terrier will occasionally indulge in a good chase. When on the run, these small dogs can be difficult to keep up with and may pose a threat to other animals, neighborhood pets, and small woodland creatures. The Australian Terrier must be leashed or properly secured at all times when outdoors.
As previously mentioned, the Australian Terrier remains a rather rare breed outside of its underground following. Individuals seeking to purchase this breed will often encounter such difficulties as inability to locate a breeder, high prices, and being placed on long waiting lists.
Common Health Concerns
While the Australian Terrier is generally known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: diabetes, likeliness to develop cancers, patellar luxation – dislocation of the knee, cataracts, chronic ear infection, and various skin allergies.
Now that you know all about the breed, do you think you are ready to own an Australian Terrier? Remember, purchasing a pet is a big decision and should be discussed thoroughly and seriously with your entire family.