Breed Tips

How Much Does an Australian Terrier Cost in 2024?

The average cost to purchase an Australian Terrier is between $1,000 - $1,800.1 Now if you’re interested to learn more about this beautiful breed, the monthly costs, and the overall lifetime costs, stick around!

Characteristics of an Australian Terrier

  • Adult weight: 14 – 20 lbs.

  • Adult height: 9 – 11in.

  • Origin: Australia

  • Life expectancy: 11 – 15 years

It's always a good idea to do thorough research before bringing a pet into your home, and it starts with understanding the requirements and behavioral characteristics of the breed you're interested in. If you’re thinking about bringing home an Australian Terrier, here is a quick overview of the breed.

Despite their name ‘Australian Terrier,’ these dogs are believed to have originated from the United Kingdom before being brought to Australia by settlers in the early 19th century.2 The Australian terrier is a tiny but strong dog breed. They are known to be intelligent and friendly in behavior. They also serve as good watchdogs as they are eager to please their owners. They are a small dog breed with short legs and a harsh double coat that helps them repel dirt and mud.2

The Australian Terriers were bred to be hunters of rodents and snakes. These tiny creatures are fierce and can put up a good fight if needed.3 But no need to worry, these tiny warriors are also very affectionate towards their family and serve to be great companions as they are social and friendly.

What is the Price of an Australian Terrier?

The Australian Terrier is a self-confident breed that may need training, but they’re great learners and very quick at picking up instructions. These dogs are best for a family with small kids as they make great companions and play buddies.1 However, there will be some costs associated with owning and maintaining this dog.

Adoption: $100 – $400

The adoption fees of an Australian Terrier depend on several factors which can include the dog’s age, health, and vet services provided at the shelter. The adoption fee may include the spaying and neutering cost, dental care, health checks, grooming, and initial vaccinations. Even though the adoption fee may cover initial essential services, you must budget for ongoing expenses like food, continued veterinary care, grooming, etc. Adopting a dog is like having a baby, one must be financially prepared for the expected expenses.

To adopt an Australian Terrier, contact your local animal shelters and rescue groups. These organizations can help with further details about the adoption or location of this breed. Adopting a dog is an exciting way to provide a loving pet with a forever home. If you choose to adopt your dog, take a look at our pet adoption checklist to help you get ready to bring your dog home.

Monthly Costs for an Australian Terrier Puppy

Diets: $20-$40

The best food to give an Australian Terrier is high-quality dog food. You should expect to go through 5 - 8 pounds of dry dog food per month. In the case of a high-quality food brand in the first year, the cost may go up to $380. You should also consider budgeting for dog treats and supplements, which may cost an additional $5 to $10 per month.

Grooming: $30-$150

The Australian Terrier has a double coat that requires regular grooming to help keep it maintained. In the case of professional grooming services, it may cost between $30-$80 per session. This cost may vary depending on the area and location. You can also purchase at-home grooming products like shampoo and conditioner which may cost up to $15. You can invest in additional home grooming supplies like brushes, scissors, nail trimmers, etc. which may cost $50-$150. This gives you the option to groom your Australian Terrier in the comfort of your own home.

Medical Costs: 20-$50

The Terrier’s medical expenses may vary depending on the dog’s age and health. The initial years may cost a little higher because of required vaccinations and recommended check-ups. After the first year, the frequency of visits to the clinic may reduce, which can also reduce the monthly cost. They are generally a healthy breed, but they may be prone to certain health problems.3 These health conditions and their potential costs are-

  • Patellar Luxation: Common in many small dog breeds, this condition causes the knee joint to become dislocated. Surgery may cost $1500 - $3000 per knee.

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: This disease relates to abnormal development of the hip joint. Corrective surgery may cost $1000- $3000 per hip.

  • Dental problems: Many pets are prone to dental problems. The cost to treat dental diseases can range from $500 - $3,000 or more depending on the severity.

Insurance: $30-$60

It is a good idea to get your pets insured. The average pet insurance premium for Australian Terriers is between $30-$60 per month. The premium typically depends on the type of coverage, the plan configuration, and the age and location of the dog.

One-Time Costs for an Australian Terrier

Initial Costs: $500-$1,000

The initial costs for an Australian Terrier may vary. If your pet is not spayed or neutered, budget an extra $150-$400 for the procedure. The cost of the initial vaccinations and microchipping can range from $75 to $150 or more, depending on the veterinarian's fees and the specific vaccines needed. Other dog supplies like a crate, food and water bowls, bed, collar, and toys may cost around $100-$300. Puppy training classes are beneficial for socialization and basic obedience training. The cost might be $100 to $300.

Microchipping: $50-$75

At Spot, we recommend all pets get microchipped. This helps you to locate your dog if they become lost and can cost between $50-$75.

Vaccines: $50-$200

The Australian Terrier has various vaccination needs to help protect their overall health. Some core vaccinations include Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, and Adenovirus (DA2PP or DHLPP): These are often given in combination. The initial series of puppy shots and boosters can cost $20 to $60 per dose. Puppies typically get a series of three or four doses. Some pet insurance providers offer optional add-on preventive care coverage that can help you cover the eligible costs of certain vaccinations, depending on the policy you choose.

Miscellaneous: $100-$150

Dog sitting or dog walking can be some additional expenses to keep in mind. You should keep around $100-$150 per year aside for miscellaneous expenses.

Lifetime Australian Terrier Cost

We have given a detailed breakdown of the potential costs associated with owning this breed. The estimated lifetime cost of owning an Australian Terrier can vary from $20,000 to $35,000 depending on multiple factors such as location, healthcare needs, and lifestyle. This expense includes food, training, grooming, and the other costs mentioned above for their lifespan of 11-15 years.2


The Australian Terrier may be small, but they are extremely spirited and loving dogs. They deserve a loving family and serve to be great companions as they’re extremely loyal and eager to please.1 Consider getting a Spot Pet Insurance plan to help ease the financial burden that can come with pet ownership. At Spot, we have your back. Now go out there and get yourself an Australian Terrier, they might just be the perfect addition to your family.

Happy parenting to you and lots of love to your pup or your pup-to-be!


  1. “Australian Terrier,” Dog Breeds List,, accessed Dec. 18 2024.

  2. “Australian Terrier,” American Kennel Club,, accessed Dec. 18, 2024.

  3. “Australian Terrier,” The Spruce Pets,, March 25, 2022.

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