Breed of the Month!

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This breed of the month segment is part of our new monthly newsletter - and, as the title suggests, we'll be talking about a dog or cat breed in every edition, covering everything from general breed facts to interesting historic titbits and more. Who knows - maybe you'll find your next dream dog or cat here!

February: Australian Terrier

Breed Origin: Australia
Other Names: Aussie
Breed Size: Small
Average Weight: 6.8 - 9.1kg
Coat Length: Short medium with harsh textured outer coat. Little shedding.
Grooming and Maintenance: Low maintenance
Energy Level: Average. Daily walks are non negotiable however the Aussie can adapt to a wide range of lifestyles.
Temperament: Alert, intelligent, loyal, companionable and courageous.
Common Health Ailments: A generally hardy breed although may have higher than average risk of luxating patella, Legg Perthes Disease, diabetes, skin allergies, immune disease and seizures.
Recommended Diet: Diets formulated for small breed dogs or terriers.
Average Life Span: 11 - 15 years

History

The Australian Terrier was the first Australian dog breed to be recognised internationally and recieved official recognition from The Kennel Club of England in 1933 and the American Kennel Club in 1960. Thought to be the product of interbreeding English Terrier breeds such as the Cairn, Scottie, Skye and Yorkshire Terriers brought to Australia by British settlers in the 1800s.

Personality

The Aussie Terrier's courage and ingenuity coupled with it's loyal and companionable nature made it the perfect mix of working dog and companion for tough pioneer life. Adept at killing rodents and snakes, these dogs easily transitioned to loving and devoted pets to cuddle up with after a long day's work was done.

Today, Australian Terriers make excellent pets for families and are generally good with children. Although their Terrier energy levels mean daily walks are non negotiable, this breed will happily adjust to apartment living so long as adequate mental stimulation and room to move are provided. The Australian Terrier learns quickly and can excel at activities such as Agility or Nose Work.

Health and Nutrition

Australian Terriers were bred to be tough and are overall a very hardy breed with few significant health issues. More common health problems affecting Aussie Terriers include luxating patella, Legg Perthes Disease (a developmental disorder of the hip joint), diabetes, skin allergies, immune disease and seizures.

As an active terrier breed, the Aussie terrier should be fed a diet designed for small breed or terrier dogs to provide optimal levels of energy, along with high levels of omega fatty acids to support skin barrier function.

Advance Adult Terriers Ocean Fish

Made with fish as an alternative protein source, this super premium, Australian made, dry dog food is complete and balanced to support the unique nutritional requirements of Terrier breeds.

Hill's Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed

This premium dry food contains an exclusive blend of omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin E and other nutrients to support healthy skin and a shiny coat as well as optimal levels of calcium and high quality proteins to support bone and muscle strength.

Pro Plan Adult Small & Mini Fussy & Beauty

A small breed specific formula fortified with key nutrients and antioxidants to highlight natural coat colour as well as omega fatty acids to support healthy skin and a shiny, lustrous coat.

Royal Canin Mini Dermacomfort

oyal Canin Mini Dermacomfort is enriched with an exclusive nutrient complex that helps to support the skins barrier role, as well as omega 3 and 6 fatty acids widely known to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.