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Australian Terrier


Illustration of Australian Terrier

The breed was probably developed from native British terriers taken to Australia by settlers in the 19th Century – It is thought that the Scottish Terrier, Skye and Cairn played their part in the breed's development. He was used by settlers to keep down rodents and other vermin in their new territory.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.

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