Australian Terrier description, food, diseases.
The Australian Terrier was created in Australia by the British
in the early 19th century. They were created from terriers imported
from northern England and Scotland. The result of this cross was
the Aussie, used for hunting snakes and small animals. They were
also used to guard the mines and sheep. They were granted official
recognition by the Kennel Club of Great Britain in 1936, and in
1958 the American Kennel Club accepted them.
Weight Height Range
The Aussie stands at approximately
25.4cms at the withers and weighs approximately 6.34kgs.
The hair is straight, hard, and of medium length. The breed has
a blue back and deep shades of tan on legs and muzzle. The locks
of hair over the eyes may be blue or silver, but sandy or red is
The nose should be black and the muzzle have an inverted V shape area,
along the bridge of the nose (from nose to muzzle), with less hair.
The jaws should allow a strong scissor bite, top teeth over bottom
teeth. The eyes should be small, set well apart and be of a dark brown
colour. The ears should never be cropped, and should be standing erect
by four months of age. The neck should be long and blend into long
shoulders. The legs should be well boned and muscular. The body is
long in proportion to the height with a level topline. The feet should
be small with tight toes.
Australian Terrier health and diseases problems
Australian Terriers are fortunate in that they do not yet have many
of the genetic health problems that affect other breeds. This breed
does seem to have a predisposition for diabetes and thyroid disorders.
These conditions can easily be managed by a committed owner and veterinarian.
On rare occasions, epilepsy has been reported. Like other members
of the terrier group, Australian Terriers seem prone to itchy skin
and allergies, particularly in warmer climates. These skin conditions
may occasionally be caused by an easily corrected imbalance in the
thyroid function but are often environmental. Flea and parasite control
are essential.. A change to a premium lamb and rice food often helps,
as does supplementation with fatty acids. Sometimes itchy skin conditions
can be caused by perfumes and harsh chemicals used in shampoos and