The Australian terrier commonly referred to as the Aussie n dog circles is among the smallest dog breeds in the terrier group. This dog is seen as a short legged but sturdy dog. It has a black nose as well as a characteristic V shaped area that is above the nose. The teeth of the dog make the bite meet like a scissor. The chest is well built and there is a level height from the hind to the front legs. It s feet resemble those of a cat, with its nails being black.
The Aussie has varying color coats, though the most common feature is the weather proof double coat that it has. This coat is about 2-3 inches long. Among the common colors for the Aussie include tan, dark blue, silver blue, soil red, blue, and sandy. A unique hair covers the head alone in the Australian terrier and it seems of a soft texture as opposed to the rest of the coat. The dog measures 9 -11 inches in height and the weight range is between 9 – 14 pounds for adults.
In as much as the Aussie may be small, its personality and temperament stands tall, mimicking the actions of a larger dog. It has a lot of energy and is quite loyal and shows a lot of affection. As it is very intelligent, it is a great companion when training as they are eager to please and very protective is it escorts you. The dog has very good eyesight and hearing abilities, well above those of most dogs. The dog does not bark unnecessarily and has top seek permission from its owner before barking. With other pets, the Aussie is very friendly, especially if it has been kept since being a puppy. If you travel on a regular basis, it is a good choice of dog as it is very well behaved, even with strangers around. Training must be very strict as the dog might decide to follow its own ideas.
The mortality rate of this dog is low, with mostly natural deaths being the cause of most documented deaths. The average lifespan of the dog is 15 years or more.
There has been no documented health problems associated with this breed of dog.
As the Aussie comes with stiff, long and shaggy hair coat, it is quite easy to manage and clipping is not needed. Brushing should be done at least once a week as it helps stimulate release of natural oils into the hair. Washing intervals of once a month are recommended as washing it too often makes the hair look dry and pale. Trimming of hair around eyes and ears is recommended to maintain good health.
The origin is traced back to Australia where breeders worked to produce a small working dog. A rough coated terrier Aussie breed was first shown in 1868 in Melbourne, though its recognition was not until 1933. Among its immediate relatives include Norwich terrier, Cairn terrier, Yorkshire terrier, Dandie Dinmont terrier and the Skye terrier.