Tenterfield Terriers


The forefathers of the Tenterfield Terrier originated in England.The early settlers brought these ratting terriers out to Australia as a working dog for vermin. Over the next 100 years the breed became established as a working terrier and a family companion.There was hardly a farm that didn’t have one of these terriers.


Tenterfield Terriers are strong, very intelligent, active, agile working terriers of great versatility and pleasing proportion. A hunter of vermin an extremely loving and loyal family pet they are at home hunting on the land or curled up on a knee beside a fire.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: A simple wash and wear dog. They need very little upkeep other than their toenails trimmed and their teeth cleaned. Occasional brushing is required to remove loose hair.
  • Coat Type: Smooth short coat.
  • Moulting: Moderate, they drop their summer and winter coats and require occasional brushing..
  • Exercise Needs: 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 pet for a walk..
  • Average Life Span: 12 – 20 years.


  • Family: Suited to both children and the elderly. They will eagerly play and romp with children or curl up on the knee of someone less active.
  • Temperament: Active, playful, extremely loving and loyal.
  • Trainability: Very intelligent and are therefore eager to learn and please.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Amicable with other pets and often used as companion dogs for larger breeds. They can become best friends with the family cat when introduced as a puppy. A true terrier in temperament; Tenterfields will not hesitate to stand up for themselves should they feel threatened.
  • Barking: Low to moderate based upon proper training and socialisation.


Excel in dog sports such as agility, obedience, flyball and earth dog activities.


One of only six true Australian breeds recognised by the ANKC. The Tenterfield Terrier is unique as an Australian breed. It is well known for it’s lengthy life span.