West Australian Terrier 

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13-16 lbs
Australian Terrier
West Highland White Terrier

The West Australian Terrier is a spunky, happy, and playful pup that makes a great pet. They have plenty of energy and love kids, which makes them a great addition to a family. Their long coats will insulate them in cold climates and repel the heat in warm climates, so they adapt easily to living in any environment. They shed only a tiny amount, and therefore may be compatible with allergy sufferers. West Australian Terriers are smart, eager pups and quite easy to train as long as they are rewarded proportionately for their hard work. 

Date of Origin
Australian Terrier, West Highland White Terrier

West Australian Terrier  Health

Average Size
Male West Australian Terrier  size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 14-16 lbs
Female West Australian Terrier  size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 13-16 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None Known
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Addison's Disease
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Sunburn
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Allergy Testing
  • Hip and Knee

West Australian Terrier  Breed History

The Australian Terrier (Aussie) was originally known as the Rough Coated Terrier, but was renamed the Australian Terrier in 1897. They were created in Tasmania by cross breeding other Terrier breeds, including the Skye and Yorkshire Terriers, among others. These hardy dogs were used by European settlers to hunt vermin and snakes. They also served as watchdogs, and were trusty companions in the outback. They began to appear in the United States in the 1940s and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960. Always happy to be in the spotlight, they have evolved into show dogs, make fantastic Earth dogs, and are fun family pets. The West Highland White Terrier is closely related to other Terrier breeds that originate in Scotland around the same time, in the 1800s. These dogs were originally known as the Roseneath Terrier or the Poltalloch Terrier, but they were officially deemed the West Highland White Terrier in 1909. Westies were bred to hunt small critters like rats, foxes, and otters. Infamous for their white coats and adorable looks, these pups were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908. The first Westie to win the Westminster Kennel Club Show was a dog named Wolvey Pattern of Edgerstoune, in 1942. Over the years these adorable pups have charmed their ways into many hearts and homes, becoming one of the most popular breeds in the United States. The West Australian Terrier is a recent hybrid breed and therefore not much is known about its history. That said, there is no doubt that its two charming parent breeds have combined into an intelligent, charming, and energetic dog. 

West Australian Terrier  Breed Appearance

The West Australian Terrier is a small, compact dog whose body is longer than its legs. It has a long, rough, wiry coat that may come in a variety of colors, including: white, white and blue, white and tan, blue and tan, white and red, red, or sandy. This pup may inherit the thick double coat of its Aussie Terrier relatives, or the thin undercoat of the Westie. Some dogs may have longer fur around their neck and chest, kind of like a lion’s mane, a trait inherited from the Aussie. Their eyes will be dark and round or oval in shape. The ears are small and pointed, and may be fringed with longer hair. Their jaw is strong and their teeth meet in a scissor bite. The paws are round with thick pads, and have dark toenails. These dogs have a high set tail that they hold over their body, it is typically straight, but may curve over their back. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown West Australian Terrier  eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black West Australian Terrier  nose
brown West Australian Terrier  nose
Coat Color Possibilities
red West Australian Terrier  coat
blue West Australian Terrier  coat
fawn West Australian Terrier  coat
white West Australian Terrier  coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
West Australian Terrier  wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

West Australian Terrier  Breed Maintenance

Despite their long coats, West Australian Terriers are pretty low maintenance when it comes to grooming. They shed minimally, but it’s best to brush them weekly to ensure their long coat doesn’t mat. If they have long hair around their eyes and ears it may require trimming to keep it orderly and clean. They don’t tend to smell, so bathe them only as needed. Australian Terriers’ coats may become dull if they are bathed too frequently and the same may be true for the West Australian Terrier. Thankfully it’s usually easy to brush out any dirt or debris that sticks to their coat. Be sure to check your dog’s ears about once a week for any signs of inflammation, as their long hair may trap unwanted dirt and moisture inside. Toe nails should be trimmed monthly to keep them at a reasonable length, and weekly tooth brushing will prevent bad breath and tartar build up.

Brushes for West Australian Terrier 
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
West Australian Terrier  requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

West Australian Terrier  Temperament

The West Australian Terrier is a proud, confident, and playful dog. These pups are alert, and active, always ready to participate in any activity they can find. They thrive on social interaction and can become anxious when left alone for too long. They are intelligent dogs so it’s important to ensure that they get plenty of exercise. When left to their own devices they may become destructive and yappy. Australian Terriers are known for their love of digging, so it’s likely that your West Australian Terrier will inherit this trait. Keeping your dog active and engaged will prevent it from becoming mischievous. West Australian Terriers are friendly and typically get along with other dogs, though males prefer to be the alpha, and may become competitive with other male dogs. Socializing them well from puppyhood will help alleviate this type of issue. Because their parent breeds are bred for hunting, these pups have a strong prey drive. They can be taught to get along with cats, but are not a good companion for other small animals. They are great companions for kids, who will love their playful energy. Just ensure that kids are taught to be gentle with these pups as their small size means they are delicate when it comes to rough housing. West Australian Terriers are intelligent and thus easy to train. In fact, they are so quick to learn that you may find yourself teaching them things by accident! Be sure to set clear, consistent boundaries with your dog to avoid perpetuating bad habits. These dogs like to think for themselves so training is most successful when rewards are used. These pups are good watchdogs because they will bark at anything that appears unfamiliar. However, they will quickly relax once they realize there is no imminent threat. 

West Australian Terrier  Activity Requirements

The West Australian Terrier is an active breed and needs daily walks to ensure it doesn’t become mischievous and noisy in your home. About 45 minutes per day should be sufficient. These dogs are happy to walk on a leash or run around in a safe, fenced area. It is not wise put your West Australian Terrier outside and leave it up to its own devices as they are prone to digging holes and possibly even finding escape routes. They are independent, but do not like to be left alone for extended periods. They adapt well to all living environments as long as they get sufficient exercise. They can live comfortably in any climate. Because they are such smart pups they do well in obedience and agility trials and make fantastic Earth dogs.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

West Australian Terrier  Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.9 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

West Australian Terrier  Height & Weight

6 Months
Male West Australian Terrier  size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female West Australian Terrier  size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 8 lbs
12 Months
Male West Australian Terrier  size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female West Australian Terrier  size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Male West Australian Terrier  size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female West Australian Terrier  size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs

West Australian Terrier  Owner Experiences

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