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The Australian Terrier (or Australian Silky), a dog with a fiery temperament

The Australian Terrier is also small, but with a fiery temperament. Always ready to spend time, this breed is appreciated for its cheerfulness and intelligence.

Australian Terrier Characteristics

This breed comes in two types: the Australian Terrier proper and the Australian Silky Terrier. Beware of confusion, because we are talking about two distinct breeds. The one that interests us is the classic Australian Terrier. It is immediately recognized by its small size, 25 cm at the withers on average for a weight close to 6.5 kg. Low on legs and endowed with a vigorous body, this dog reveals an elastic, frank and energetic look. Beyond this muscular body, the Australian Terrier can be recognized by its long head with a flat skull, a slight but visible stop, a black nose, a powerful muzzle and strong jaws. This dog has a moustache and thick eyebrows. It has oval-shaped eyes of rather small dimensions with a soft color tending to dark brown. The ears are pointed, erect and small. The Australian Terrier has a long, rough, straight coat that can be red or light sable or silver and blue with tan markings on the ears, face, feet or under the body.

History of the Australian Terrier breed

Originating in Australia, the Australian Terrier made its appearance around the beginning of the 19th century. It was born from a cross between British breeds such as the Yorkshire or Cairn Terrier and local dogs. This animal was especially appreciated for guarding houses or tracking rodents and snakes. From time to time, it was used to watch over flocks of sheep or to help protect Australian mines. Despite its age, it was not until 1933 that the breed was officially recognized.

Living conditions and behavior of the Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier is known for its liveliness and its smart and friendly character. It develops a protective affection towards its masters and is very attached to them. It is a cheerful and lively animal that is also tenacious and courageous, like most terriers. He knows how to defend his territory to not let any stranger pass. Sometimes, it even seems as if he is not afraid of anything. For the cohabitation to be a success, the Australian Terrier must be educated with firmness, but without violence. Note that the happiness of this dog depends on its outings and physical activities that must be numerous and regular.

Food and main problems of the Australian Terrier

The advantage of the Australian Terrier is that it is a relatively robust breed that can live up to 15 years. However, it is necessary to monitor the possible appearance of diabetes which affects many dogs. Scientific studies are being conducted in the United States to determine the incidence of this condition.