The Tenterfield Terrier originated in England after local fox hunters developed a need for a small, agile dog that was capable of chasing vermin from their dens. The early settlers to Australia brought out the Tenterfield Terrier as a working dog that would help rid their land of rats, rabbits and foxes. Over the next hundred or so years, the breed became quite established in Australia as a working terrier and family companion. In fact there was hardly a farm in Australia that didn’t have at least one of these terriers.


The Tenterfield Terrier is well known for its lengthy lifespan and can live to anywhere between 12 and 20 years of age.


The Tenterfield Terrier is a strong, active, agile working terrier of great versatility and has proven itself, without question, as a keen hunter and an extremely loving pet. The Tenterfield Terrier is equally at home hunting vermin (large and small) on the land or curled up on a loving knee in front of a fire. It is an ideal companion for both children and the elderly alike.


The Tenterfield Terrier is very amicable with other pets. They are often used as companion dogs for larger breeds and can become the best of friends with the family cat when introduced as a puppy. They also get along very well with other Tenterfield's, even when running in a pack. However, the Tenterfield Terrier is a true terrier in temperament and therefore will not hesitate to "stand up for himself" should he feel threatened.


The Tenterfield Terrier is a simple wash and wear dog that needs very little upkeep other than keeping the toe nails trimmed, the teeth clean (as with any breed) and an occasional brushing to remove loose hair (especially when dropping summer and winter coats). However, the Tenterfield Terrier can have a mind of its own so early training is a great advantage. Owners should also be aware that these dogs love to dig and will need to provide plenty of toys to keep it entertained, especially when left alone for long periods of time.




If you have decided the Tenterfield Terrier would be a perfect dog for you, and feel you can give it all the love and affection it craves, contact one of the groups below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
Website: www.dogsact.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
Website: www.cccq.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
Website: www.dogssa.com.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
Website: www.tasdogs.com/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
Website: www.dogswest.com
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)