Australian Yorkshire Terrier

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12-14 lbs
9-11"
Unknown

The Australian Yorkshire Terrier is a mix between an Australian Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier mix. They are usually black and tan, blue or red and their coats can be long, medium, silky or straight, and are water-repellent. They don’t need a lot of grooming to keep looking good and hardly shed at all. While they are playful and energetic dogs, they don’t need a lot of exercise, so would suit people who don’t lead extremely active lifestyles. Terriers can be difficult to train as they are stubborn and easily distracted but with positive reinforcement and rewards it can be done.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Australian Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier

Australian Yorkshire Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 14-16 lbs
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 12-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Diabetes
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Blood
  • Knee
  • Blood And Urine Protein Screens
  • X-Rays
  • Allergy Tests

Australian Yorkshire Terrier Breed History

Known as Yorkies, the Yorkshire Terrier breed was developed during the 19th century for the purpose of catching rats in mines. Workers would take them down into the mines and the mill buildings to keep the rat population under control. Hunters were also known to carry one of the little dogs in their pockets and the tenacious Yorkies would head down burrows after badgers and foxes. Their ancestors were the Waterside Terrier, a small Scottish breed with a long blue-gray coat brought to Yorkshire, England in the mid 19th century by weavers. The Waterside Terrier was a breed formed by the crossing of the old rough-coated Black-and-Tan English Terrier (common in the Manchester area) and the Paisley and Clydesdale Terriers, according to the American Kennel Club. These little dogs were first known as the Broken Haired Scotch Terrier and then as the Toy Terrier, but in 1874 given their official name the Yorkshire Terrier. Actor Johnny Depp and his former wife Amber Heard were forced to apologise for failing to declare their two Yorkshire Terriers properly when entering Australia in 2015. Australian Terriers were also good ratters as well as snake catchers. They share ancestors with the Cairn Terrier, Short-haired Skye Terrier and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. These rough coated Terriers were brought from Great Britain to Australia in the early 19th century. Australian Terriers  were the first native breed to be recognized in Australia and were first shown as the Australian Rough-Coated Terrier in 1868 in Melbourne. In 1897 they were officially renamed the Australian Terrier. The Australian Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960, and the United Kennel Club in 1970.

Australian Yorkshire Terrier Breed Appearance

The Australian Yorkshire Terrier is a hybrid breed made up of Australian Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier mixes and is likely to take on many of the characteristics of these parent dogs. They are small dogs with males weighing up to 16 pounds with a height of up to 11 inches. Puppies are usually born black and tan or blue and tan and then develop adult coats which can be blue, red or gold and tan. They have bright, small dark eyes and black noses. Ears are small and v-shaped while the tails are usually docked and they have small paws with black nails.

Australian Yorkshire Terrier Breed Maintenance

The Australian Yorkshire Terrier is regarded as low maintenance as they hardly shed but depending on the parent breed mix if your dog has longer hair they may need regular brushing and trimming. Regular brushing is a good idea to keep the skin healthy but only bathe your pet when necessary. Small breeds often battle with dental issues so invest in a pet toothbrush and toothpaste and make it a daily habit. Yorkshire Terriers especially are known to lose teeth even when relatively young so good dental hygiene is a must for this breed. Ear cleanings and clipping of the nails should be a regular part of maintaining your Australian Yorkshire Terrier.

Australian Yorkshire Terrier Temperament

Australian Yorkshire Terriers are affectionate dogs, very intelligent and loyal. They are very adventurous for small breeds and naturally curious so it is best to make sure they are in a safe enclosed yard but beware they like to dig. The Australian Yorkshire Terrier is often described as being a big dog in a small body because of their strong personalities but they don’t like being left alone for too long. They can be a little reserved with strangers are better with older children. They have good hearing and are quick to bark at any potential dangers so make good watchdogs. With this breed it is best to start training when they're puppies which will also help to teach them good socialisation skills.

Australian Yorkshire Terrier Activity Requirements

All dogs need regular exercise to keep fit and use up their pent up energy in a positive way so they don’t become destructive and this breed is no exception. However, 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day should be enough for your Australian Yorkshire Terrier, especially if you have regular playtimes inside. They are confident dogs and love a challenge. Originally bred as hunters, they are happy to chase after balls in a yard and they respond very well to positive reinforcement and reward games. The breed is also suited for those living in an apartment provided they are taken out daily for walks. 

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