The Australian Terrier, one of the smallest of the working Terriers, was bred to be both a helper and companion in rough times and terrain. A native dog (known as the "rough-coated terrier") and a close relative of the old Scotch dog of Great Britain (not to be confused with the present-day Scottish Terrier) are believed to have been cross-bred with a number of other breeds of British stock to produce the fast, sturdy, weather-resistant and fearless little dog that the settlers needed as they expanded the frontiers of their country.
Source: Australian Terrier Club
Links to Breed Descriptions:
THE AUSTRALIAN TERRIER: A Presentation For Judges By The Australian Terrier Club of America Inc.
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
A Once in a Lifetime Dog: Australian Terrier Breed Column, August 2016 issue
A wonderful collection of write-ups from 2011 - 2019: AKC Gazette Articles: https://www.australianterrier.org/akc-gazette-articles
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Finland: FKC Database: Australian Terriers
2. Australianterrierikerho ry: Health Reports/Statistics
3. Australian Terrier Sustainability starts with Global Statistics by Dr Grace Massey & Vicki McKee ☆☆☆☆☆
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
1. The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch
2. Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
3. Finland: Breeding Strategy
Health Surveys & Questionnaires:
The Australian Terrier Club of America - Several Health surveys and addition health information https://www.australianterrier.org/health-1
ATCA Health questionnaires (open to all Australian Terrier enthusiasts)
The Australian Terrier Club of Great Britain (ATCGB) Health Questionnaire
Svenska Aussieklubben Health Survey 2012
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Finland: Australianterrierikerho ry
Sweden: Svenska Aussieklubben
UK: The Australian Terrier Club of Great Britain
USA: Australian Terrier Club of America