THE AUSTRALIAN TERRIER CLUB OF AMERICA
Characteristics & Temperament
Characteristics of the Australian Terrier
The Australian Terrier is a small, sturdy, medium-boned working terrier...
Standing about 10-11 inches in
height at the withers. The body is rather long in proportion to height, with a
long slightly arched neckline. Its head should be long and strong, with pricked
ears, and dark, black-rimmed eyes.
Aussies come in
three colors... Blue & Tan,
Solid Sandy, and Solid Red.
Australian Terrier Temperament
The Australian Terrier was developed as a companion and will be happiest when with "his" people.
are not suited to living outside, or spending long hours in a run or fenced yard
alone. They are happiest when in close contact with their families. Australian
Terriers are born diggers, as "going to ground" is part of their
Aussies are natural watch dogs, and
will sound the alarm should any strange dog or person approach the house.
Terriers in general are very lively and outgoing, and have a high energy level
that does not make them suitable pets for everyone. As with other terriers, they
can be dog-aggressive and somewhat bossy, and care must be taken when living in
a multi-pet household. In general, adult male terriers do not get along well
with other adult male dogs.
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