Rustralian Terrier

10-14 lbs
10-11"
United States, Australia
Australian Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier
Unknown
The Rustralian dog is the result of the crossing of the Australian Terrier with the charismatic Jack Russell. What you get as a result is a tough little terrier who has a personality twice its size. Affectionate and loving, full of fun and mischief, the Rustralian Terrier is a small but impressive bundle of joy. They love to be part of your life, and will pine if left alone for long periods of time. A happy little companion, they can exhibit a stubborn streak, but patience and firm but kind management will overcome this. Don't let this little dog think he is the boss, they are much better behaved with an owner they can respect. Their expressive faces, high energy and social behaviour makes this little pooch an ideal family pet. They are tiny as puppies so teach the children to be gentle with them even though they come across as unbreakable, they can be hurt. They will respond well to training especially with plenty of praise and small treats. Cute, funny, happy little dogs, they are a true loving companion.
Purpose
Companion, Agility
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Australian Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier

Rustralian Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Rustralian Terrier size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 11-15 lbs
Female Rustralian Terrier size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 10-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Lens Luxation
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete Blood Profile
  • Optical Examination
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Eye and Otoscopic Examination

Rustralian Terrier Breed History

The Rustralian Terrier is a new hybrid breed, developed from crossing an Australian Terrier with a Jack Russell Terrier. Due to lack of history about these little dogs, we have to look to their parent breeds for clues about their ancestry. Starting with the Australian Terrier, this breed evolved from a variety of British Terriers that Settlers brought with them to the new country. The breed was developed for a variety of uses, from guarding the farm and home, to hunting, tending sheep and even killing rats and snakes. Tough and feisty, these small dogs were hard working dogs who soon won over all those that they came to know, and became a popular companion dog. The Australian Terrier was adaptable to town or country living and was noted for its loyalty, intelligence and  happy nature. While not highly strung nor a persistent barker, they do make ideal family protectors with the boundless energy and the confidence of a much larger dog. The Jack Russell Terrier is a well known dog with a large personality. Developed in Southern England in the mid 1800s by Parson John Russell, Russell wanted to create a working Terrier that would hunt with the hounds, and one who could be small and feisty enough to bolt the foxes from their dens so the hounds could then chase after them. He certainly achieved his goal as the Jack Russell proved himself to be a worthy hunting dog. By the 1930s the Jack Russell breed became well known, and several breed clubs soon formed, each with different opinions on how a Jack Russell should look. The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America maintains an independent register classing the dog in the hunting niche. But the Jack Russell Terrier Association of America sought recognition by the American Kennel Club. They received recognition in 2000. Today this feisty, full of energy small dog still has a very loyal following and remains popular as a companion dog who is small in size and big in confidence.

Rustralian Terrier Breed Appearance

Extremely cute in appearance with their soft sweet eyes and pricked up ears, they are almost irresistible to pass by. Short in stature and big on personality, these little dogs have great proportion to their small bodies which are solid muscle and made to move. Short elegant legs can move at a surprising speed, and these little dogs can turn on a dime. Their faces have a pointed muzzle, small teeth meeting in a scissors bite, and a shiny black nose. In typical terrier style they have an inquisitive and curious expression to their dark round eyes, and a little tail that can wag at the speed of light. Their coat is medium in length, often rough in texture and are water resistant. The colors can vary from the white and tan of the Jack Russell, to any combination of tan, brown, black red, and sand markings. While they may be a small package, what they lack in height - they make up for in personality and activity.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Rustralian Terrier eyes
Brown
amber Rustralian Terrier eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Rustralian Terrier nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Rustralian Terrier coat
White
brown Rustralian Terrier coat
Brown
red Rustralian Terrier coat
Red
sable Rustralian Terrier coat
Sable
black Rustralian Terrier coat
Black
fawn Rustralian Terrier coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Rustralian Terrier wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Rustralian Terrier Breed Maintenance

The Rustralian Terrier is a relatively easy keeper, their coat just needs a good brushing twice a week to keep it in order and prevent matting. Their coat is water resistant so don't over wash this little pooch or they may have skin problems due to lack of natural oils. When you bathe them, use a mild dog shampoo and rinse them well. Towel dry and keep them warm if you are bathing them in winter. While you are grooming them, check for any sores or cuts that may get infected. These little busy bodies get into some tight places and can end up being injured as a result of their curiosity. Train your Rustralian Terrier from puppyhood to enjoy having his teeth brushed to avoid any teething problems. Also check their ears for infection, and their eyes for any weeping or redness. Finally gently trim their nails and then let them go - they will be so excited they will race around the house twice before they settle down.
Brushes for Rustralian Terrier
Slicker Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Rustralian Terrier requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Rustralian Terrier Temperament

This little dog can be best described as an inexhaustible bundle of energy, they just love life and don't want to miss a minute of it. Your Rustralian Terrier will follow you around the house, annoy the cat, and play with the children almost at the same time. Make sure to socialise these little dynamos while they are young so that they mix well with other animals and children. Terriers do have a strong hunting instinct and while he may get on with your cat who he has known for life, he may pursue the neighbours cat with unrepentant energy. These dogs are people dogs, they are not for leaving outside in a kennel. While they are quite tough little terriers, they will not take kindly to being left alone - they want to be inside with you, ideally ensconced on your lap. They are intelligent dogs and respond well to training, just keep the sessions short and fun to keep their attention. Vary the training routine, don't let it get boring or they will wander off ignoring you much to your disgust. They are alert little dogs who miss nothing, they will warn you if a stranger encroaches on their territory. They adapt well to apartment living but will still need a daily walk and plenty of games to burn off their abundant energy. They equally adapt to a home with a yard, but make sure your yard is securely fenced if you don't want to be chasing your tiny terrier every time someone passes by. Life will never be dull with the Rustralian Terrier around to entertain you. A bundle of seething energy, a load of affection to share, and a happy personality make them a strong contender for a companion - if you can match their energy and enthusiasm.

Rustralian Terrier Activity Requirements

The Rustralian Terrier is like most terriers, they are curious, active and full of life. They need a daily walk to burn off some energy, and they will love free time at the dog park. These little dogs don't seem to realise they are small, and will shape up to a large dog without fear so make sure you supervise your tenacious Terrier well. They love a variety of toys to destroy or toss around, and will happily join in any family game whether they are invited or not. The Rustralian Terrier will be happy to join you on a walk, exploring the neighborhood and checking out the terrain. Ensure you keep this little powerhouse on a leash as they do have strong hunting instincts and are likely to give chase after a fast moving small animal. All your calls and pleas to come back will fall on deaf ears so be warned. While they love to be active, they do like to curl up on your lap and enjoy some pampering and bonding. These are dogs who do best with an active family which will bring out the best in their nature.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

Rustralian Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $32.00

Rustralian Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Rustralian Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Rustralian Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Rustralian Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Rustralian Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 12 lbs
18 Months
Male Rustralian Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Rustralian Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 13 lbs

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