australian terrier breed information


common health issues

Lens-induced uveitis (LIU) is an inflammatory condition of the eye. When proteins from the eye's lens leak into the surrounding ocular fluid, inflammation occurs. Signs include excessive tearing, blinking, redness of the eye, and sensitivity to light. Surgical removal of the affected lens is the treatment of choice.

Icthyosis is an abnormal thickening of the outer layer of the skin and footpads. Dogs with icthyosis have rough, greasy skin with flakes that may stick to the hair. With diligent care, it is possible to manage this condition medically with topical therapy, but severe cases can prove challenging.

Also known as aseptic necrosis of the femoral head, Legg-Calve-Perthes is a disease of the femoral head (or ball) of the hip and causes lameness in young, small breed dogs. The blood supply to the femoral head is cut off, causing the bone to die. Treatment inevitably requires surgery to the affected hip.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

The Australian Terrier was the first breed to be recognized as native to Australia, and it was also the first Australian breed to be recognized by other countries. The Australian Terrier was bred to be a companion and helper to human settlers and was employed in many ways, from controlling the snake population to tending sheep and serving as an all-around watchdog.

Because of his diverse background, the breed is highly adaptable and does well in many environments, from rural to urban. His double coat is waterproof and provides insulation from both heat and cold, making the Australian Terrier comfortable in most climates year round. Like most terriers, he is spirited and fearless, with a happy-go-lucky attitude, making him an excellent addition to families of all sizes. Australian Terriers are easy keepers, too, requiring some daily exercise and light grooming – an occasional brush is all they need to keep their coats looking good.

Despite their fearless nature, Australian Terriers are also known for being predisposed to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses Australian Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts and lens-induced uveitis; skin conditions such as ichthyosis; and joint conditions such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Australian Terrier inherits anything more than a spirited attitude, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)