Tenterfield Terrier

Group 2: Terriers
Height: 26 – 30 cm
Weight: In proportion to the size of the dog.

Energy Level:  High
Original Function: Hunting
Lifespan: 12 – 20 years

Recommended for: Ideal companion for any age, from children through to the elderly.

Tenterfield Terrier

About This Breed

The ancestors of the Tenterfield Terrier originated in England where terriers were bred that specialized in killing rats. Ratting terriers had to be quick and agile, so they killed the rat before getting bitten. They were usually smooth coated because the filth that the rats lived in would have got caked in a long or rough coat.

Early sailing ships that came to Australia carried these small ratting terriers. Many of these dogs were left behind to kill the rats and other vermin. These little dogs established in Australia and the breed was developed to the type it is today.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Small sized dog. Head is wedge shaped with slightly oval shaped dark eyes. Ears are V shaped with slightly rounded tips. The tail can be either full or natural bob.

Temperament: Confident, with an eagerness to learn, showing great loyalty to its owner and although fearless and bold at work, he is an ideal companion dog in the home.
Characteristics: A keen, intelligent and alert expression which is denoted by the carriage of the ears and erect tail.

Colour: Predominantly white with black, liver and/or tan markings in all its shades. Brindle markings acceptable but not preferred. Full colour coats are not acceptable. Skins should always be pigmented.

Coat: Single coated, short and of smooth texture.

Grooming: They need very little upkeep other than keeping their toe nails trimmed, the teeth clean and occasional brushing to remove loose hair especially when dropping summer and winter coats.

Exercise:  A 20-30 minute brisk walk once a day and off lead runs.

Health: Occasionally prone to allergies – a good diet without flavours, colours and additives is recommended.