Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Australian Terrier puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Australian Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Australian Terrier puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Australian Terrier dog breed

Australian Terrier Health Problems and Raising an Australian Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Australian Terriers:

The Australian Terrier Club conducted a health survey in which the most common health problem was allergies, which cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). 15% of Aussies in the survey were affected by allergies and skin problems.

But it's the second most common problem that is more serious – diabetes was reported in 10% of Aussies.

Next was luxating patella (loose knees), with 9% reported in the club survey.

Tumors and cancers (7%) were next, followed by cataracts (5%), epilepsy (4%), hypothyroidism (3%), and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (1%).

Other eye diseases (progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and retinal dysplasia) occur in Australian Terriers, but are not common.

Hip dysplasia occurs in Australian Terriers, but at a very low 2% rate. Compare that with Norfolk Terriers, who have a horrible 30% dysplasia rate.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Australian Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Australian Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find an Australian Terrier puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Australian Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Australian Terrier puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Australian Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Australian Terrier
The best diet for feeding your Australian Terrier is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Australian Terrier. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Australian Terrier
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Australian Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Australian Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Australian Terrier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Australian Terrier. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Australian Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Australian Terrier.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.