The Australian Terrier is a double coat breed. The outer coat is straight, harsh, and rough in texture. The under coat is soft, dense, and short. This breeds weatherproof coat is longer on the body than the hair on the tail, rear legs, and feet. There is a protective ruff of softer hair at the neck, which blends into an apron.
The Aussie should have the personality of a working terrier; its even disposition makes it suitable for a companion dog. Because of his quite and affectionate nature he makes a great companion for children, elderly or the handicapped.
This breed requires brushing several times a week. They also need the coat plucked every three months Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo to preserve the integrity of the coat. Trimming around the eyes and ears should be done as needed.
The Australian Terrier needs a good bit of exercise every day, lest it become bored and destructive. The dog’s favorite kind of exercise involves playing a game in a field and exploring rodent holes. Long hairs growing between or in front of the eyes should be plucked to avoid potential irritation, as should any hairs extending past the outer edges of the ears.
The Australian Terrier is quick to learn but is easily bored by repetition. Early socialization and obedience training is a must. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. This breed does best when trained with consistency, firmness, fairness, praise, and motivation. They are very adept in the areas of agility, tracking, earthdog, and obedience.
As befits their heritage as versatile workers, Australian Terriers are sound and free moving with good reach and drive. Their expression is keen and intelligent; their manner spirited and self-assured.