Australian Terrier

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 10in - 0ft 11in
Weight: 14-20lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 14 Years


  • Affection3/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount5/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount1/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

Australian Terrier Information

Australian TerrierAlthough small in size, Australian Terriers are sturdy and resilient with a keen and confident personality. Fun fact: It was the first Australian breed to be recognized by the world Kennel Club. With its versatile nature, this little guy can adapt to any climate, not just its native homeland.

Sweet and affectionate, the Australian Terrier is excellent with children and pets and very easy to train. Their grooming requirements are minimal but they do need regular exercise to stay focused and calm.

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Breed FAQs

Can Australian Terriers be apartment dogs?

The Australian Terrier needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can Australian Terriers be left alone?

While Australian Terriers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Australian Terriers good with kids?

Australian Terriers do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Australian Terriers friendly with strangers?

Although Australian Terriers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Australian Terriers get along with other dogs?

Australian Terriers aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Australian Terriers bark a lot?

Australian Terriers are known to bark quite often. This can be irritating for owners who aren't expecting it and they may require some training to limit the amount of barking.

Do Australian Terriers shed a lot?

The Australian Terrier rarely, or never, sheds. They're excellent for someone who doesn't want to clean up much dog hair.

Do Australian Terriers need a lot of grooming?

Australian Terriers don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Australian Terriers need a lot of exercise?

The Australian Terrier has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Australian Terriers easy to train?

Although Australian Terriers can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Australian Terriers handle cold weather?

Australian Terriers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Australian Terriers handle hot weather?

Australian Terriers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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