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Alternative Name

Aussie (National Terrier of Australia)

Basic Information

The Australian Terrier, often affectionately known as the "Aussie," stands out as a small but robust member of the terrier family. With a height of approximately 10 inches (25 cm) at the withers and a weight of around 14 pounds (7 kg), this low-set dog exhibits a unique charm. The Aussie's body is longer than its height, featuring a high-set tail traditionally docked. Characterized by an elongated head, pricked ears, and keen terrier expression in small, dark, oval eyes, the breed's appearance is described in the ANKC standard as "hard-bitten" and "rugged." A "strong" muzzle with a nose leather that extends to the bridge, along with a rough or harsh coat, completes the distinctive look. Acceptable colors include shades of blue or grey with tan face markings, or red.


With the personality of a working terrier, the Aussie possesses an even disposition, making it an ideal companion dog. Its intelligence and adaptability contribute to its suitability as a loyal and affectionate member of the family.




The Australian Terrier boasts a rich history as the first native-bred Australian dog to be shown and recognized overseas. While its precise origins remain uncertain, its immediate ancestor emerged in the United Kingdom in the early 1800s from the predecessors of today's British and Scottish terriers. Although some of these early breeds are now extinct, the Aussie likely carries a mixed ancestry, sharing lineage with breeds such as the Dandie Dinmont, Manchester, Irish, and Cairn terriers.

In Australia, a new rough-coated terrier type emerged by the late middle-nineteenth century, selectively bred for various roles including rodent and snake control, watchdog duties, and occasional sheep herding. The breed gained recognition in Melbourne in 1868 when the first Broken-coated Terriers were exhibited. The Australian Rough-Coated Terrier Club was founded in Melbourne in 1887, and by 1899, the breed was exhibited as the Australian Terrier, Rough-Coated. Official breed status was granted in the UK in 1933 and in the US in 1960, solidifying the Aussie's place as a cherished and enduring terrier breed. Today, Australian Terrier enthusiasts can connect with reputable breeders through our network, ensuring a perfect match for a lifelong companion.