Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Australia.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
08.10.2012.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
One of the smallest of the working Terriers, was bred to be both a helper and companion in rough times and terrain.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 2Small-sized Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Although produced from British ancestors, the Australian Terrier is one of the few breeds in the terrier group to have been developed outside the United Kingdom. It can also rightly claim to be the first breed developed in Australia. It appears reasonably certain that both the Australian Silky Terrier and Australian Terrier had a common ancestry from stock in Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria, namely the Broken Coated Terriers. It is assumed this type of dog originated from a mixture of British breeds, namely the Skye Terrier, Scottish Terrier (Aberdeen) and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. At intervals the Yorkshire Terrier was introduced. It is reported that in the early 1800’s free settlers around Campbelltown and Ross in Tasmania were breeding broken coated dogs of a blue sheen body colour and tan markings. They were renowned for their prowess as watchdogs and weighed about ten pounds.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
A sturdy low-set dog, rather long in proportion to height with strong Terrier character, alertness, activity and soundness. Its untrimmed, harsh coat with definite ruff around the neck extending to the breastbone and its long strong head assist in developing its hard bitten, rugged appearance.
KC
A sturdy low-set dog rather long in proportion to height. Untrimmed, harsh coat with definite ruff around neck extending to breastbone, assists hard bitten and rugged appearance.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Strong terrier character; alertness, activity and soundness. Essentially a working terrier, it is equally suited as a companion dog owing to its loyalty and even disposition.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Essentially a working terrier, but its loyalty and even disposition make it equally suitable as a companion dog.
KC
Friendly, extrovert, obedient and anxious to please. Lives happily in town or country. Not aggressive but courageous if attacked.

HEAD

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KC
Head long with flat skull of moderate width, full between eyes, with slight but definite stop. Muzzle strong but powerful, of equal length to that of skull, which should be covered with a soft, silky ‘top-knot’. Nose black, of moderate size, leather extending to bridge of muzzle.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Long, flat, of moderate width, full between the eyes. Covered with a soft topknot.

Stop

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Slight but definite.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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Black, of moderate size, the leather extending to the bridge of muzzle.

Muzzle

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FCI
Strong and powerful, equal in length to that of the skull; the muzzle must be strong and not fall away under the eyes. The length and strength of the muzzle are essential to give the strong, punishing jaw.
KC
Jaws strong and punishing, scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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Black, tight and clean.

Jaws/Teeth

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Jaws strong and punishing, teeth large and evenly spaced, the upper incisors fitting closely over the lower (scissor bite).

Eyes

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FCI
The eyes shall be small, oval, with keen expression, and of dark brown colour, set well apart and not prominent.
KC
Relatively small with keen expression and of dark brown colour, set well apart and not prominent.

Ears

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FCI
The ears are small, erect, pointed, well carried, set on moderately wide, free from long hair and sensitive in their use (puppies under six months excepted).
KC
Small, erect, pointed, well carried, set on moderately wide, free from long hair and sensitive in their use (puppies under six months excepted).

NECK

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FCI
The neck is of good length, slightly arched, strong and flowing into the well angulated (well-laid) shoulders.
KC
Long, slightly arched, shapely and strong, blending into long, well laid shoulders.

BODY

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FCI
Long in proportion to height, strongly constructed. In considering the body, attention must be paid to the opening description, "a sturdy low set dog, rather long in proportion to height".
KC
Long in proportion to height, strongly constructed, with well sprung ribs and chest of moderate depth and width. Level topline. Loins strong. Flanks deep.

Back

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Level topline.

Loin

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Strong.

Chest

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Of moderate depth and width, with well sprung ribs. Forechest well developed, brisket relatively deep.

TAIL

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Traditionally docked. Whether docked or natural, the tail should be set on high, and well carried, but not over the back.
KC
Previously customarily docked. Docked: Set high and carried erect but not over back. Undocked: Set high and carried upright as straight as possible, giving good overall balance.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Well boned, straight and parallel when viewed from the front. The legs are slightly feathered towards the wrist.
KC
Forelegs well boned and perfectly straight, parallel when viewed from front. Pasterns strong without slope, slightly feathered to knee.

FORELEGS

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Pastern

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Strong, without slope.

FEET

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KC
Small, well padded, toes closely knit and moderately arched, turned neither in nor out, with strong black or dark toenails.

Forefeet

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FCI
Small, round, compact, well padded, toes closely knit and moderately arched. Turned neither in nor out, with strong black or dark toenails.

Hind feet

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As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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Moderate length of quarters, broad. Viewed from behind they should be parallel from hock to feet, neither too wide nor too close.
KC
Moderate length of quarters, broad with strong muscular thighs, stifles well turned and hocks well bent and let down. Viewed from behind, parallel, neither too wide nor too close.

Thigh

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Strong and muscular.

Stifle

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Well turned.

HIND LEGS

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Hock joint

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Well bent and let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
The action to be free, true, springy and forceful. When viewed from the front, the forelegs should move truly without looseness of shoulder, elbows or pasterns. The hindquarters to have drive and power, with free movement of stifles and hocks. Viewed from the rear the legs from the hocks to the ground to be parallel, neither too close nor too wide.
KC
Free, springy and forceful. When viewed from front, forelegs move truly without looseness of shoulder, elbows or pasterns. Hindquarters have drive and power, with free movement of stifles and hocks. Seen from rear, legs from hocks to ground parallel, neither too close nor too wide.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
The body coat consists of a harsh straight dense top coat approximately 6 cms long with short soft textured undercoat. The muzzle, lower legs and feet to be free from long hair.
KC
Body coat consists of harsh straight dense top coat, approximately 6.35 cms (21/2 ins) long with short, soft-textured undercoat. Muzzle, lower legs and feet free from long hair.

COLOUR

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a) Blue, steel blue or dark grey blue, with rich tan (not sandy) on face, ears, under body, lower legs and feet and around vent puppies excepted). The richer the colour and more clearly defined the better. Smuttiness is objectionable. Topknot blue, silver or a lighter shade than head colour.
b) Clear sandy or red, any smuttiness or dark shadings objectionable. A topknot of a lighter shade is acceptable.
In any colour, white markings on chest or feet must be penalised.
KC
(a) Blue, steel blue or dark grey blue, with rich tan (not sandy) on face, ears, under body, lower legs and feet and around the vent (puppies excepted). The richer the colour and more clearly defined the better. ‘Top-knot’ blue or silver of a lighter shade than head colour. (b) Clear sandy or red, smuttiness or dark shading undesirable. ‘Top-knot’ a lighter shade.

SIZE

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KC
Height: approximately 25.5 cms (10 ins) at withers. Weight: approximately 6.5kgs (14 lbs).

Height at withers

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FCI
The desirable height is approximately 25 cms, , with bitches slightly less.

Weight

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FCI
The desirable weight is approximately 6,5 kgs for dogs, with bitches slightly less.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.