The forefathers of the Tenterfield Terrier originated in England
. Huntsmen used Terriers derived from the Old English White Terrier.
These came in a wide variety of shapes and sizes as well as in a
variety of coat types – from quite smooth through to rough
or wire-haired. As a result, terriers who specialized in killing
rats came into existence. Rats carried disease for both dog and
man and were a health threat to both country and city communities
in those days before insecticides. Ratting terriers had to be quick
and agile so they killed the rat before getting bitten; therefore
they were usually small in stature as well as very athletic. 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 with our first settlers carried these small
ratting terriers to kill the rats and mice on board. When the ship
docked, many of these dogs were left behind to kill the rats and
other vermin that escaped from the ships and ran rampant in our
pristine countryside. The next two hundred years would see these
little dogs established in Australia both as a ratting terrier and
a family companion. There was hardly a farm in Australia that didn't
have at least one of these terriers.
The breed was developed in Australia to the type it is today –
a “true Aussie”.
The Tenterfield Terrier is a strong, active, agile working terrier
of great versatility. He has proven himself, without question, as
a hunter of vermin and of being an extremely loving pet.
The Tenterfield Terrier is at home either hunting vermin on the
land and around the home and property, or curled up on a loving
knee in front of a fire.
WITH OTHER PETS
The Tenterfield Terrier is very amicable with other pets. They are
often used as companion dogs for larger breeds. They can become
the best of friends with the family cat when introduced as a puppy.
They get along very well with other Tenterfield's, even when running
in a pack.
The Tenterfield Terrier is a true terrier in temperament and therefore
will not hesitate to “stand up for himself” should he
The Tenterfield Terrier is extremely adaptable to most home situations.
He is quite the farm/working terrier or the loving household pet.
He is an ideal companion for any age, from children through to the
elderly. They will eagerly play and romp with the children and/or
curl up on the knee of someone less active. They love getting out
and about for a walk or run and equally enjoy a game of ball for
those who are unable to take their loving pet for a walk.
Always provide plenty of toys and items he can chew to keep him
entertained, especially if he is to be left alone for long periods
The Tenterfield Terrier is a simple wash and wear dog. They need
very little upkeep other than keeping their toe nails trimmed, the
teeth clean (as with any breed) and occasional brushing to remove
loose hair (especially when dropping summer and winter coats)
They respond very well to positive reinforcement methods - negative
methods such as hitting and yelling can bring out their stubborn
streak. They learn quickly and are very smart. Tenterfield Terriers
are good at dog sports such as Obedience, Agility, Flyball and Frisbee
- their small size often makes them the crowd pleasers of the show.
A 20-30 minute brisk walk once a day is enough exercise, but they
would be happy to run free for hours, if they have the chance. A
good compromise is a short 15 minute walk each weekday and a long
run on the weekends.
Occasionally prone to allergies - a good diet without flavours,
colours and additives is recommended.
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