Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier


The Australian Terrier is a small dog breed originally bred to hunt vermin. This breed owes its origin to Australia but was descended from the British nation. They are small in size but big in courage and energy. They also rank fairly in some lists of the top intelligent dog breeds out there.

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Breed Profile


10 - 12



15 - 20


Life Span

12 – 15





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What is it?:

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that affects the way the body processes sugar (glucose). It leads to excessive built up of sugar in the dog’s bloodstream and yet unable the access it.

Clinical signs

  • Increased thirst and urination

  • Increased appetite but weight loss

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Dehydration

  • Cloudy or blurred vision

  • Slow wound healing

  • Recurring skin or urinary tract infections

  • Loss of hair or dry, itchy skin


The treatment for diabetes in dogs typically includes:

  • Oral medication or insulin injections are often used to help regulate blood sugar levels.

  • Regular check-ups and blood glucose monitoring are also recommended to help ensure that the diabetes is well controlled, and to help prevent any further complications.

Average vet bill for Diabetes


Reimbursement Rate

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


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Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

of dogs

What is it?:

Legg Perthes is a condition that is common in small-sized dogs. It is a condition where the hip joint degenerates and may lead to arthritis. This leads to limping in dogs.

Clinical signs

Some symptoms of Legg Perthes include:

  • Lameness in the limbs

  • Licking of the skin over the hip region

  • Anxiety, aggression, and/or lethargy

  • Popping sounds in the joints

  • Pain while moving the hip bone


  • In some cases, pain medications may be prescribed for the discomfort and swelling.

  • In severe cases, surgery called femoral head and neck osteotomy may be performed to fix this condition. The head of the femur is surgically removed during this procedure, allowing scar tissue to heal the injury.

  • Conservative therapy can help manage the symptoms of this condition.

Average vet bill for Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease


Reimbursement Rate

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


Your Net payment


*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.



This breed may be small in size but is not small in strength at all. It is a compact and sturdy breed.


These Terriers usually won’t start a fight on their own, but will not back off if they get involved in one. Irrespective of the size of the other dog, they will make sure they stand strong.


If you were to put them on a scale of 1-10 where 10 is the most vocal a dog can be, Australian Terriers would probably be somewhere around 9.5.

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These dogs have a casual and shaggy but harsh and water-repellent double coat.


The dirt-repellent coat comes in shades of blue, tan, sandy-liver, and red.




Their water and dirt-repellent coat make the job of the owner simpler in terms of grooming. Brushing them once a week would be enough to help keep them groomed. Just make sure you tweeze the long hair on their eyes and in between them. Bathing should only be done as needed as too much bathing can make their skin dry and flaky. Nail clipping and dental hygiene should be on your regular grooming list.


These are fairly intelligent dogs, so training them shouldn’t be very difficult. However, their short attention span and tendency to get bored easily could make the training sessions shorter. The courage in them comes with a bit of stubbornness which can make it difficult for the parent to train them, but with a firm and authoritative approach, one can take care of that.

Australian Terrier: Introduction to the Breed

The name says Australian but these terriers are actually descendants of the rough-coated terriers from the UK. These types of dogs are usually bred to kill mice and rats and so are the Australian Terriers. One can say that the Cairn Terrier, Shorthaired Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, and Irish Terrier are all cousins of the Australian Terrier.

The breed’s ability, however, has not been limited to hunting rodents. It performs the role of a watchdog and companion as well. They have also been introduced to various dog shows around the world. But the innate nature of hunting doesn’t go away as they would chase and kill small animals, including squirrels, rabbits, mice, and cats.

One more advantage of this breed is that they shed less. So, you won’t have to deal with too much fur lying around the house and furniture, especially if you are allergic to dog fur. They are not known for being great lap dogs, though as their high energy levels need stimulation.

Australian Terrier Physical Characteristics:

  • Docked tail

  • Short legs

  • Square jaws

  • Deep-set eyes

  • Long body and neck

Australian Terrier is best suited for pet owners:

  • Who want a warm-hearted active dog

  • Who has kids

  • Who can spend enough time with the dog so that they don’t get bored

  • Who don’t want to spend too much time grooming the pet

  • Who are looking for a cheerful, energetic, and confident dog

Things to know before deciding to own an Australian Terrier

  • Training is very necessary for these pets. In the absence of proper obedience training, they tend to behave bossy and aggressively toward other pets.

  • They tend to actively chase small animals like cats, rabbits, mice, etc. since they were initially bred to kill rodents.

  • This small dog with big energy can get quite destructive if left alone for too long.

  • Australian Terrier may be a small breed, but their diet requirement is not so small.

  • A fenced house is very important or else either their chase or curiosity could drive them far, and it could become very difficult for you to them find them. (Pro tip – always microchip your pets!)

  • These dogs may be prone to diabetes in addition to some other conditions. It is important to keep their weight in check.

  • They have strong opinions about things and will not shy away from expressing them, as you will hear them bark in many different situations.

Are Australian Terriers cuddly?

The Australian Terriers may be small, sturdy working dogs but are also great house pets and love a good cuddle.

What should an Australian Terrier eat?

Australian Terriers, like all dogs, should be fed a balanced and nutritious diet appropriate for their age, size, and level of activity. It is recommended to feed them high-quality, dry dog food that is formulated for small dog breeds. They may also benefit from a diet that includes some wet food or raw meat for added nutrition.

What is the price of an Australian Terrier?

You can buy an Australian Terrier from a reputed breeder for an average price of $800-$1000. However, there are other avenues for you to choose between, like adopting one from a rescue shelter. Shelters typically take good care of them and may charge you an adoption fee of around $100-$200 to help cover the cost of care given to them before adoption.


Looking at these dogs one might wonder ‘How does one fit so many qualities in a package so small?’ They are spirited, smart, energetic, affectionate, loving, lively, protective, and on top of that, low maintenance. They’re literally all you can ask for in a dog. So, if you’re looking for these qualities in a small package then the Australian Terrier is a great pick for you!

Happy Health and Mood to your Doggo and Lots of Love and Licks to you!