Proudly Australian, the breed evolved from a variety of British terriers that had been brought out to this country by settlers. Specifically bred for Australian conditions, this hard-bitten tough little terrier was used for everything from guarding the farms and mines to hunting, and from tending the sheep to killing rats and snakes.
Although essentially a working terrier, the "Aussie" as he is affectionately known, soon endeared himself to all those with whom he came in contact as a very desirable companion dog in his own right.
Equally suited to town or country living, the Australian Terrier is noted for his loyalty, intelligence and even disposition. He is neither highly strung nor a persistent barker, but with his inbuilt spirit, courage and air of self assurance, happily assumes the role of protector for home and household. Sturdy, with a harsh easy-to-care for coat, and a history of longevity, the Australian Terrier finds much favour as both an indoor and outdoor companion.
Affectionate and well-mannered this spunky little dog tends to develop its own amusing and endearing characteristics to delight the family.