australian terrier breed information
common health issues
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.