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The breed standard describes the ideal Australian Terrier temperament as spirited, alert, "with the
natural aggressiveness of a ratter and hedge hunter". Aussies rank 34th in Stanley Coren's The
Intelligence of Dogs, being of above average "Working and Obedience" intelligence, indicating good
trainability. As with other terriers, they can be dog-aggressive and somewhat bossy, and care must be
taken when living in a multi-pet household. In general, adult male terriers do not get along well with
other adult male dogs. Since the Australian Terrier was also bred for companionship, they tend to be
very people friendly, and enjoy interacting with people.
One of Australia's best kept secrets, the Australian Terrier ranks among the world's
most loyal working terrier breeds. The country boasts five indigenous pure-bred
dogs, and its pride in the Australian Terrier dates back to the nineteenth century.
As both a game dog and a devoted family dog, the breed thrives, able to balance
its friendly, happy nature with its hard-bitten and rugged appearance. Few breeds
of dog can compete with the Australian Terrier's soundness, even disposition and
This book provides insightful chapters on the breed's history, characteristics and
temperament, the breed standard as well as puppy selection, house-training,
obedience and showing.
This new colorful volume promises to be a welcome addition to the home library
and a resource that can be relied upon for years to come.
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