Australian Terrier Personality traits and Temperament
It is a very obedient, eager to please, lively and playful terrier. Even though small in size they are very hardy, full of energy, and have an attitude that will put bigger dogs to shame. Their small size makes them apt for apartment living but be aware that as these dogs are full of energy they need a lot of exercise and running around. They should be taken for long leashed walks or allowed to run around in confined yards.
They are extremely fond of children and are well suited for households with small children. Initially adult supervision is needed, but soon the dogs get extremely devoted to the little ones and often are happy to take part in every mischief they can concur up. They are good hunters having strong prey drive and can chase rabbits, squirrels and cats if given a chance. Due to this fact they are not good in houses with cats.
Like other terriers they love to dig up the yard so potential owners must be always on the lookout, or their vegetable patches are reduced to a pile of dirt. They also love to bark and yap around the house and can be very noisy when excited. Early training can help to get rid of these undesirable traits.
The breed is extremely fearless and often picks up fights with larger dogs. They are very good watch dogs and will signal the arrival of strangers with loud yaps and growls. They are reluctant to socialise with visitors, but once they are well introduce they can be very friendly.
Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding
The breed is characterised by a dual coat – the shaggy coarse upper coat and soft undercoat. The undercoat and the neck has good feathering. They are easy to maintain and needs a brushing twice or thrice a week to maintain the sheen and look of the coat. The brushing helps to stimulate the production of natural oils and help in keeping the coat shiny and healthy. A soft brush works very well for grooming. They are only average shedders and brushing also helps to get rid of loose hairs.
Frequent bathing is not recommended as it can soften the upper coat. Bathe when it is absolutely needed. Normally they are bathed once in 2-3 months. Only mild shampoos must be used for bathing.
Ears must be checked frequently and hairs around eyes must be kept trimmed. Check for presence of ticks and fleas also regularly.
Size and Characteristics
Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $600 – $900
Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 12 -15 YEARS
Weight: 14-16 pounds
Height: 9–11 inches
Colors: Red, Sand, Blue & Tan
How to Train this dog
They are very intelligent and eager to please so training them is not that difficult. The greatest challenge in training these breeds is that they get bored easily. So training sessions should be playful and the dogs must enjoy these sessions. Repetitive sessions should be avoided.
A leadership role must be defined, or else these dogs can get really bossy. Obedience training and leash training must be promptly done. Puppies can be very mouthy and indiscriminate chewers. They have to be provided proper toys for this. When your dog completes a task to your satisfaction, give positive reinforcement and treats, this makes the training a lot easier.
Health Issues and Food
Allergies: They are very prone to allergies. Allergies can be food allergies, contact allergies and even inhalant allergies.
Health problems: Australian Terrier’s frequently suffer from Legg-Perthes disease, a bone disorder that requires surgery. Another common problem is patellar luxation. They are also prone to diabetes.
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Best female and male dog names
You can name your Australian Terrier as Fuzzy or Toby if he is a male and Zoey or Lacey if she is a female.
How to adopt this dog
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Pictures and Videos
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