Monday, November 17, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Australian Terrier

Image from akc.org
The Australian Terrier is a small and confident dog developed to help families in the harsh Australian Outback. The dogs worked side by side with settlers to control snakes and vermin, warn for intruders, and help care for cattle. 

The breed has been developed since the early 19th century, and stems from dogs brought to Australia from Great Britain. It was recognized as its own breed in 1868, and is the first breed native to Australia.

A typical Australian Terrier is courageous, alert, cheerful, and friendly to humans, but they tend to be bossy to other dogs. These dogs are bred to like humans and to be good companions, and they are happiest when together with their families - this isn't a dog that will be content alone in the back yard. They are known for being particularly fond of children and the elderly.

Australian Terriers are great jumpers, and their hunting instinct is deeply rooted, so the dog is very likely to chase squirrels, rabbits, cats, or other animals with the right size and speed. They are also natural watch dogs, and will tell you if a stranger approaches the house.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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