Tenterfield Terrier

The Tenterfield Terrier is a small, sturdy breed of dog native to Australia. This breed is known for its energy, loyalty and intelligence. They are very hardy dogs and able to adapt to a variety of climates and environments.

General details

The Tenterfield Terrier is a small to medium sized dog. This breed has a height of between 23 and 30 centimeters, and a height ranging between 3.5 and 6 kilograms. The life expectancy of the breed is estimated between 12 and 15 years. They are not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

The Tenterfield Terrier is a breed of dog of Australian origin that has gained popularity as a companion and working dog. Its history dates back to the 19th century, when English settlers brought several hunting and ratting dogs to Australia, which were used to control rat and mouse populations in rural areas. In the 1870s, in the town of Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia, a man named George Woolnough began breeding terrier-type dogs. His dogs were used primarily for hunting rabbits, rats and foxes, and earned an excellent reputation for their bravery and hunting skills. Woolnough crossed his dogs with other breeds, including the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Manchester Terrier, in order to improve certain characteristics. Over time, the Tenterfield Terrier established itself as a distinctive breed and earned a place in Australia's dog breeding community.

Breed characteristics

The Tenterfield Terrier is a breed of dog with a compact and muscular appearance. They have a well-balanced body structure, with proportionate limbs and a moderate length tail. Their head is triangular in shape with oval eyes and erect ears. The Tenterfield Terrier has an alert and energetic expression. As for its coat, it is short, dense and soft to the touch. Its coat can be of various colors, including black, white, tan, liver and tan, or a combination of these. Some dogs may have spots or markings in their coat. The Tenterfield Terrier is an intelligent, happy and confident terrier, with great loyalty to its owner. It has a courageous, independent and lively temperament, but is also friendly. It requires patient and positive training, as it does not respond well to rough methods. Needs a firm and consistent pack leader to avoid behavioral problems.

Common health problems

Like other dog breeds, Tenterfield Terriers can be prone to certain diseases and conditions such as patellar luxation, intervertebral disc disease, glaucoma, distichiasis and cataracts.

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