Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Aussie
The Australian Terrier is Australia's first breed to be recognized both at home and abroad. The early settlers of Australia required a versatile dog that could withstand the harsh, rugged climate of the country while helping to police vast farmlands. Around 1820, Tasmanian breeders crossbred various terriers from Britain to produce a dog which could kill pests such as snakes and rodents, announce intruders, and tend sheep. As a result, this dog tends to be an assertive, athletic smaller dog with all of the pluses and minuses of the terrier personality-- including the need for something meaningful to do to prevent destructive digging or acting out.
This smaller terrier can be the right choice for active families and first-time terrier owners, but don't choose this dog if you're too busy or just want to chill on the sofa.
Appearance / health:
The Australian Terrier is a sturdy, keen, and intelligent dog with an untrimmed harsh coat suited for the rugged Australian landscapes. They are small but rather long in comparison to their height. They have pricked ears and traditionally the tail has been docked. However, tail docking has changed, and is no longer the standard internationally, except in the United States.
The Australian Terrier requires little grooming. Frequent bathing and shampooing may soften the harsh coat and cause dry, flaky skin. Brushing is done at least once a week to keep the coat clean. They have a low tolerance to fleas, which frequently induces an allergic reaction in them.
They need moderate amounts of exercise daily, which could simply include a long walk. They fit in well with human lifestyles. They need a reason to keep busy else, they find their own activities.
Australian Terriers do not suffer from as many health issues as other dogs. However, they are prone to diabetes and thyroid problems. Allergic skin dermatitis is common in these dogs. They have a low tolerance to fleas.
Behavior / temperament:
Australian Terriers are full of energy and are handy companions to their owners with their spiritedness and courage. Owners may get exasperated with their impish behavior at times. Extremely intelligent, they are not suited to living alone. They need the constant company of their owners and families. They keep themselves busy by either chasing smaller animals or cars or by digging. They are naturally wary of strangers whose presence they immediately announce but are not very aggressive. They are fast and jump swiftly to catch a moving ball or prey.
The Australian Terrier is a fast learner and several dogs have excelled in obedience training. They love to please their owners. Socialization is necessary to curb their natural aggressiveness with other dogs and pets. They get bored with routine training sessions and prefer variety and shorter training sessions.
Australian Terriers like toys such as bones, balls, and dolls. They are busy dogs and love games that help them expend their excessive energy.
happy dog, lovely long hair, farm dogs, healthy breed, spirited little guy, affectionate nature
backyard, yappy barker, separation anxiety
inquisitive nature, Sturdy dog, low shedding breed.They, energy, good eaters, red brindle colour
Tessa was a handful!
Tessa first came into my life when she was two months old. She was an absolutely beautiful, sandy-red Australian terrier whose father was even awarded the title of "champion" for his breed. What appealed to me most, however, was how adorable and lively Tessa was. She had a great deal of courage and self-confidence, even as a tiny puppy. Adding to her cuteness was one pointy ear and one droopy ear which corrected itself as she grew older.
We quickly realised that she was extremely intelligent. We also owned a Jack Russell terrier, and while he was very smart, Tessa seemed even more aware and observant. However, this also translated itself into immediate, incessant barking whenever she noticed something infringing on her "territory" (lizards, possums, the neighbour watering his garden over the fence ...)
At first we attributed this to a lack of stimulation, so we upped the amount of time we would walk her each day by another hour. The barking improved somewhat, but was still an issue until she was properly trained to follow commands. She remained somewhat territorial over food and toys, unlike our gentle and laid-back Jack Russell terrier. (Yes, I am actually calling our JRT "laid-back" in comparison to her).
Training Tessa was a CHALLENGE. Being extremely smart, she knew exactly what we wanted her to do ... having her actually do it was another matter entirely. I discovered that she was intentionally disobeying me after observing her perfectly follow the commands of a stricter family member, while mostly ignoring or even nipping me. I realised I needed to change my "softie" approach and be more strict and consistent.
She also had a very strong instinct to chase small, moving objects. This comes as no surprise since Australian terriers were originally bred to hunt rodents, and it certainly made for fun playtimes. But I guess I wasn't expecting it to happen so literally. You can imagine my horrified expression when she once trotted past me proudly carrying a huge rat in her mouth! I didn't even know we had rats?!
This breed needs a firm and fair hand, lots and lots of exercise, and a great deal of training in order to thrive and be happy. Although it might not appear like it at first, they crave a disciplined and structured environment and will be the most obedient and loyal dogs if their owner exerts the necessary effort. However, this is a lot of work, and I would definitely recommend that prospective owners consider their time and energy levels for this task!
*Extremely smart and quick to learn new things
*Very lively and playful
*Healthy and easy to groom
*Prone to misbehave if the owner does not put a lot of effort into training
*Without adequate stimulation and boundaries, they can be very barky and nippy
*Require a lot of work and dedication at first.
From Arianna Mar 20 2015 12:26AM
Probably the most useful supplement of all
Omega3 acids have been shown to help in many health conditions, the most for these 5:
- Inflammatory skin disorders (including allergies)
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Renal disease
- Cognitive function and neurological health
You should use them even if your dog doesn't have any pressing health issues, especially if your dog doesn't get enough of them from diet.
In order to get the therapeutic effect you need to dose them correctly, for this you need to consult your vet, so they can recommend the dose and product you should use.
Keep in mind this is not a short term treatment, omega3 fatty acids have a buildup period of 6-8 weeks before they reach high enough concentrations in your dogs body, and they need to be used all the time, if you make a pause, then you need a buildup period again, and your dogs health might deteriorate if it benefited from omega 3 supplementation.
To sum up:
- Consult your vet about the dose.
- Use products that contain both EPA and DHA in highest concentration possible and right ratio.
- Don't use on and off but permanently..
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 136 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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