Tenterfield Terrier

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family friendly:
Dog friendly:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Terrier    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 10-14 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White


Life Expectancy: 12-14 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Tenterfield Terrier is a small vermin eradicator and companion dog that originated in England but developed to its current appearance in Australia. The Tenterfield Terrier has descended from the dogs brought by early Australian settlers from England. Developed as small breed that can flush fox from its den as well as work as ratter, smaller specimens of Manchester Black and Tan were crossed with small Fox Terriers. Whippets are said to have been added for speed and stamina. The breeding resulted to a small breed of terrier highly specialized in killing rats.

This small dog stands between 10-12 inches and weighs about 10 lbs. This breed comes with a perfectly square body. Wedge shaped head is medium size and in proportion to the body. Strong muzzle leads to preferably black nose although liver coated dogs have liver colour nose. Dark colored, oval shaped eyes have alert and attentive expression. Set wide apart, V-shaped thin ears are either erect or semi erect. Compact body of this breed comes with deep chest with well sprung ribs and a level topline.

Single coat is short and smooth in texture and comes in tan and white, black and white, liver/tan/white or black/tan/white tri colouring.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by ANKC and NZKC.


This breed comes in predominantly white colour with markings of tan, liver and black in various shades. Usually seen colours are white and tan, black and tan, black/white/ tan and liver/white/tan.


The Tenterfield Terrier dog has a short and smooth, single layered coat that is easy to maintain.


Active, bright, outgoing, loyal, curious and bold, theTenterfield Terrier is a versatile working and family pet and has undoubtedly proved its worth as a keen hunter and very loving family pet. They are very adaptable dogs that will be equally beneficial in a family with children or elderly people or both as there loving, caring and playful nature is not confined to some. These dogs make great playmates of children. They also get along well with other pets and dogs in the family. They are lively and very energetic dogs with high energy levels. They need sufficient amount of exercise in the form of daily walks and ample opportunities to play. They can adjust to an apartment life as long as they are taken outdoor for walks and play regularly. Their attentive and alert nature makes them very good watch dogs as they will alarm arrival of an stranger. The Tenterfield Terrier is described as among the best dog breeds for children due to its even temperament and very loving nature. This dog makes an excellent family pet.


Grooming requirements are low for this breed. It is a wash-&-wear type dog that would need only weekly brushing to keep the coat clean and remove dead hair. Nails should be trimmed and teeth should be cleaned regularly.


Training should be done with consistency and patience. Though not difficult to train, these dogs may require patience and forbearance. Positive training methods along with lots of praise will yield best results out of this dog.


This very active and lively breed needs sufficient exercise and play time. They can spend most of their energies by playing in a yard but still love to be taken on daily walks.

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