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Tenterfield Terrier

The Tenterfield Terrier of Australia is an agile, hardy breed having the genes of hardcore English ratters, which landed in Australia along with the British settlers. With a wedge-shaped head sitting on top of their sturdy body teamed with prick ears and keen, expressive eyes, these dogs pose an overall appealing appearance.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Not recorded
  • Colors:Black and white, tan and white, tri-colored (black-tan-white or liver-tan-white)
  • Life Expectancy:12 to 14 years (extend up to 20 years)
  • Height:Approximately 11 inches
  • Weight:7.7 -12.17 pounds
  • Temperament:Fearless, confident, bold, loyal
  • Good with Kids:Yes
  • Exercise requirements:High
  • Hypoallergenic:No
  • Litter Size:5 puppies on average
  • Barking Capacity:Moderate
  • Health Problems:Hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, dental problems (because of their small face structure)
  • Trainability:Moderate
  • Origin:Australia
Tenterfield Terrier Dog
Tenterfield Terrier Puppy

Tenterfield Terrier’s History: Timeline

    Early 1800s

    The Miniature Fox Terrier considered the Tenterfield Terrier’s cousin came to Australia from England with the colloquial settlers

    Late 1800s

    They became powerful ratters as well as loyal family pets in the rural regions of Australia


    The Mini Foxie gained popularity in the urban areas too


    The Miniature Fox Terrier Club of South Australia developed in South Australia by a section of enthusiasts


    Discussions were conducted with pet owners of other states regarding the clubs’ future


    Tenterfield Terrier Club of Australia Inc was established


    ANKC recognized this breed, placing it in the Group 2 Terriers

Tenterfield Terrier Image
Tenterfield Terrier Picture


Having the terrier-like high energy levels, the Tenterfield terrier needs an hour’s exercise daily for overall fitness. Take it out on a walk once or two times a day, and also make provisions for sufficient playtime indoors. Do not miss out on the leash when taking it outdoors since, like all other terriers; they too can be strong chasers.

You would not need to work too hard on these dogs because of their short and smooth hair. Brush them two or three times a week using a firm-bristled brush. To bring in the extra shine in their coat, give them an overall rubdown with a moist cloth once every two weeks. Bathing them two to three times a month or on occasions when they get dirty would help to keep them clean. Do not forget to clean their ears and eyes and even brush their teeth on a routine basis.

These active dogs need an adequate amount of food rich in all the essential nutrients. You could make it at home or even provide the readymade varieties. If opting for the commercially manufactured ones, Orijen, and Natural Balance would be the preferred option.

Training them is no mammoth task. Yet keep in mind that these dogs have the terrier’s genes inherent in them, so stubbornness and strong-willed behavior could be some of their common traits. Teach your dog obedience and train them to follow commands since the time they are puppies.

These social dogs often have trouble staying alone, making them live in crates at least for some time since the start is a mandate.

Tenterfield Terrier Size
Tenterfield Terrier Photo

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