Non-sporting Breeds

Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 10-11 in (25-27.5cm)
Weight: 14 lb (6.5kg)
Coat: Harsh, straight, dense, and long, with short, soft undercoat
Color: A: blue, steel blue, or dark gray-blue with rich tan (not sandy) on face, ears, under body, lower legs, and around the vent (puppies excepted); topknot blue or silver, of a lighter shade than leg color B: clear sandy or red; smuttiness or dark shadings undesirable; topknot a lighter shade

The Australian Terrier is often mistaken for a large Yorkshire Terrier. This is not surprising since it is considered to result from the mating of a Yorkshire Terrier bitch and a dog that resembled a Cairn Terrier. By the time the breed was first exhibited in 1899, it had been in existence for about 20 years and was reputed to be an unsurpassed vermin killer that could also dispose of a snake. After a slow start, this breed is now proving a popular dog outside its native Australia, both ln the international show ring and as an alert, hardy, and devoted family pet. The Australian needs only a good daily grooming with a bristle brush. Since it has a weather-resistant coat, it may be kenneled outdoors, though most owners do keep them indoors.
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