The Tenterfield Terrier is believed to have been created with the smallest Fox Terrier puppies and other small breeds. They were bred around the areas of Tenterfield, a small town in New South Wales. In the early 1800’s these mini Fox Terriers were used as working dogs on Australian farms to help with the invasion of foxes, rats and rabbits. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that the mini Fox Terriers became more popular household pets. The name Tenterfield Terrier was suggested in the 1900’s by TV personality, Don Burke.


Similar to the Miniature Fox Terrier, the Tenterfield Terrier is a small terrier with short, smooth coat. Their coat are either black and white, tan and white, or black, tan and white.

Average Lifespan

12-14 years


The Tenterfield Terrier is a clever, lively, confident, loving and loyal breed. They are friendly around children but not so with non-canine pets, especially pocket pets like mice and guinea pigs as their strong terrier chase and kill instinct remains. They get along well with larger breed dogs and the household cat if introduced as a puppy.

This breed is an excellent companion for children or older adults.

Training and Exercise

Early training and consistent training are advisable as they can become destructive to seek attention. They enjoy a dig so ensure they are plenty of toys to keep them entertained during periods when they are left alone.

The Tenterfield Terrier is an active breed that needs regular exercises. Daily walks are recommended.


A low maintenance dog with an occasional brushing to remove loose hair is all they need to keep their coat looking clean and healthy.


The Tenterfield Terrier can be prone to Hypothyroidism and Patellar Luxation (slipping kneecap).

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