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Tenterfield Terrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: Weight should be proportional to their height
Height: 10 to 12 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Low to Medium

Adopt a Tenterfield Terrier, Dog Breed Guide


The Tenterfield Terrier is a breed that truly embodies Australia’s heritage as a nation of immigrant. This is breed that was created in Great Britain, but saw further development and thrived as one of Australia’s preferred native breeds.

Official Name

Tenterfield Terrier


Date – 1800’s
Country – Originally from Great Britain but developed to its modern purebred in Australia
Family / Group – Terrier

Recognized By:
Australian National Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.


The Tenterfield Terrier is considered to be a true blue Australian dog breed. Like the Australian people, this terrier breed originated in England during the 1800’s but did not gain popularity. It was brought to the Australian continent a couple of year later. There, the Tenterfield Terrier thrived and was further developed to be a perfect terrier for the Australian Outback. The breed died out in Britain, but flourished Down Under.

The original Tenterfield Terrier from England was the product of crossing the Manchester Terrier or English Toy Terrier with the standard sized Smooth-haired Fox Terrier. When it was brought to Australia, it was further bred with lineages of Whippet and at one point Chihuahua lines was put into the mix. Today, it is now restricted to cross the modern Tenterfield Terrier. This breed is only found in the Australian continent and no recorded breeding is taking place in any part of the world.


The Tenterfield Terrier is a very versatile terrier with a balanced temperament that is pleasing in demeanor. They are happy dogs that are known to be right and confident, eager to learn and will be very loyal to towards their family. This terrier- type dog will display fearlessness, boldness and independence while at work. Like most terriers, they are clever and intelligent enough to learn higher degrees of training, but will be hard to do so for their stubbornness.

Bred For

The Tenterfield was created originally in England but was further developed in Australia to be a perfect working terrier breed for the Australian Outback


The Tenterfield Terrier can be kept as apartment pets provided that their high terrier energies are sufficiently satisfied. The ideal living condition for this dog is a rural home with a steady job to do.


The Tenterfield Terrier has a coat that is very easy to groom and maintain.


The Tenterfield Terrier should be trained by an experienced dog handler as they are known to be stubborness and their independently-minded nature often during training


The Tenterfield Terrier has been bred to be a hardy terrier breed fit for the working conditions needed in the Australian outback. They are one of the healthiest breeds in the world.


The Tenterfield Terrier is a full-blooded terrier breed and requires lots and lots of physical exercise to satisfy their energy needs. Taking these dogs on long and brisk walks is required. It is advisable to take these dogs jogging, running and given ample time to play and dig in wide open spaces.