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Tenterfield Terrier


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Originating in England the fox hunters found they needed to develop a small robust dog of great agility that was able to go to ground and chase out vermin from their dens and then be able to leap into the saddlebags on the horse to pursue the chase with the hounds. The Tenterfield Terrier was widely used throughout England and Australia for ratting, rabbiting as well as fox hunting and over the next hundred or so years, the breed became quite established in Australia as a working terrier and family companion. There was hardly a farm in Australia that didn’t have at least one of these terriers and thus the breed was developed in Australia to the type it is today – a “true Aussie”.





Right at home hunting either vermin on the land or around the home and property or curled up on the lap of its owner. Being the ideal companion for both children and the elderly alike, this happy little dog has proven himself, without question, as a hunter of vermin and of being an extremely loving pet.



Height:   25-30cm (10-12in)

Weight:  5kg (10lb)

The little fellow is a strong, active, agile working terrier of great versatility and of pleasing proportion. They are a small dog with a short, fine coat, predominantly white with markings in black, tan, liver or brindle.  While sometimes confused with the Jack Russell, the Tenterfield Terrier has a finer build.



They require very little upkeep and is simply just a wash and wear dog.  This dog needs nothing much more than keeping its toenails trimmed, the teeth clean and occasional brushing to remove loose hair (especially when dropping summer and winter coats) and the occasional bath as necessary. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming parlour provides these services.


Life Expectancy

15 Years


Health Concerns

The Tenterfield Terrier is a very robust and hardy little dog, with very few health issues of great concern. To ensure a healthy happy dog feed your dog with a good quality dog food.





Fairly active, they will do okay in an apartment and without a yard just as long as you take them for lots of walks or to alternate safe places to exercise in. 


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