The Australian Terrier is the smallest of the working terriers with a life span of 12 to 15 years. Temperament: Spirited, Even-tempered, Alert, Loyal, Companionable, Courageous.
The Australian Terrier was developed down under during the 19th century by Australian pioneers as they moved into the Outback. The settlers needed a small terrier to control vermin and snakes, sound the alarm when intruders approached, and help tend livestock.
Australian Terriers were first introduced in the United States in the 1940’s and today only about five hundred Aussie puppies are born each year in the US.
These dogs have a waterproof double coat that sheds little and are comfortable on the couch or outside chasing squirrels. There are two colors: blue and tan, and red.
Sandy and I have one of each. Our four year old female, Joey is a blue and tan from Kentucky whom we have raised since she was a puppy.
Ty is our red, two-year old champion show dog from California who was delivered to us by the breeder and handler to Comanche Trace in February 2013 when he was fifteen months old. He’s friendly to everyone, but especially likes the ladies.
When she visited us, the breeder described female Aussies as “clever” and males as “fun-loving.” She is right. Joey is the boss and Ty loves to play ball…and be with his mama.
You will see us walking the roads of Comanche Trace quite a bit because these guys need their exercise. At night, they like to snuggle up next to us in our chairs or on the couch, watch TV, and ultimately crash in bed with us dreaming of snakes and squirrels.