Australian Terrier Breed Maintenance
The Australian Terrier has a harsh, wiry coat allowing for easy maintenance. This harsh coat resists matting and repels dirt. Brushing and combing should be completed weekly in order to prevent kinks in the coat. Brushing regularly also helps reduce shedding. Stripping of dead hair should be completed every 6 to 8 weeks. It is recommended to maintain a hygienic coat by bathing the dog at least once every 4 weeks. Overbathing will result in a dull-looking coat. The undercoat should be brushed gently in order to stimulate oils for a glossy finish. If hair grows too long around the eyes and ears, trimming is suggested to maintain its appearance. By maintaining its coat in proper condition, the coat helps to protect the Australian Terrier in both the cool and warmer months. In the winter, the coat helps by remaining warm and dry. In the summer, the coat protects against heat. As with most dogs, the nails should be trimmed every 3 to 4 weeks to avoid tears resulting from overgrowth. Ears should be checked weekly to prevent ear wax buildup which can lead to infection. The Australian Terrier is a relatively clean dog and leaves little to no smell. He loves to remain active due to his original purpose of hunting vermin. Because of this, it is recommended to provide your Australian Terrier with the daily exercise it requires. The Australian Terrier would fare better in a house with optimal area to run around and remain active. An apartment with a fenced-in yard would also be sufficient if enough activity is provided. The Australian Terrier thrives in the presence of company and would love to be around others to maintain its happiness. The Australian Terrier is able to adapt to both rural and urban dwellings as long as it is provided with the necessary equipment to maintain an active lifestyle.