Tenterfield Terrier

USD $600-$1700 Price Avg.

Hunting Dogs



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Hunting Dogs
Popularity/Rank 455
Origin Australia
Other Names Mini Foxie Terrier, Tenter Terrier, Tenterfield Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $600-$1700
How much does it cost to buy a Tenterfield Terrier?
Tenterfield Terrier are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $600 to $1700 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Tenterfield Terriers can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Small
Weight Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg),
Female: 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Height 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Ratting Terrier, Companion
Date of Origin 1993
Ancestry Smooth Coated Ratting Terriers

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Smooth, Sparse, Straight
Coat Colors Tan & White, Tricolor
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Brown, Pied, White
Coat Length Small
Coat Density Sparse
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Nail Clipper, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Monthly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Active, Adaptable, Bold, Confident, Friendly, Hard working, Intelligent, Outgoing, Playful, Sportive
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 1 cups
Daily Cost $0.90 - $1.00
Monthly Cost $25.00 - $30.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Tenterfield Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Tenterfield Terrier is a small, energetic breed of dog that originated in Australia. It is a cross between the Australian Terrier and the Fox Terrier. The Tenterfield Terrier has a distinctive appearance with its long, pointed muzzle and ears that stand erect. Its coat is short and dense, usually white or cream in color with black or tan markings. The breed has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years and can reach up to 14 inches in height at the shoulder. They typically weigh between 10 to 15 pounds when fully grown.

The Tenterfield Terrier is an intelligent breed that loves to please its owners. They are loyal and affectionate dogs who thrive on human companionship and attention. They are also known for their strong hunting instincts which make them excellent watchdogs as well as great family pets.

Tenterfield Terriers are friendly with other dogs, cats, children, and other animals if they have been properly socialized from an early age. They can be quite protective of their owners but will not become aggressive unless provoked or threatened by another animal or person.

The temperament of the Tenterfield Terrier is alert yet gentle; they are eager to please their owners but can be stubborn at times when it comes to training them new commands or tricks. This breed does require regular exercise in order to stay healthy both physically and mentally; they enjoy going for walks as well as playing fetch or tug-of-war games with their owners outdoors!

The health of the Tenterfield Terrier is generally good; however, like all breeds they may be prone to certain health issues such as hip dysplasia, eye problems, skin allergies, epilepsy, deafness etc., so it’s important for potential owners to research these conditions before getting one of these dogs as a pet!

The adaptability level of the Tenterfield Terrier is high; they do well in both rural and urban environments provided that they get enough exercise each day! These dogs make great family pets due to their intelligence level combined with their loyalty towards their owners; plus they don’t require too much grooming which makes them ideal for busy households!


The Tenterfield Terrier is a small Australian terrier that was once on the brink of extinction. The breed is named after the town of Tenterfield in New South Wales, where it was first developed. The Tenterfield Terrier was developed in the late 19th century from a cross between the Australian Terrier and the English Toy Terrier. It was originally used as a hunting dog, but fell out of favour when more popular breeds were introduced. The breed almost became extinct in the early 20th century, but was saved by a few dedicated breeders. The Tenterfield Terrier is now recognised as a distinct breed and is gaining in popularity.

The ancestry of the Tenterfield Terrier can be traced back to two English terriers, the Manchester Terrier and the Toy Terrier. These dogs were brought to Australia in the late 1800s and were crossbred with the Australian Terrier to create a new type of terrier that was better suited to the Australian climate. The Tenterfield Terrier was first recognised as a distinct breed in Australia in 1929.

The Tenterfield Terrier nearly became extinct in the early 1900s due to a lack of interest from breeders. However, a few dedicated fanciers kept the breed alive and it slowly began to regain popularity. The Tenterfield Terrier is now recognised as a distinct breed by major kennel clubs around the world, including the Kennel Club (UK), American Kennel Club (USA) and Canadian Kennel Club (Canada).