The Australian Terrier can reach an impressive age if everything goes well. 13 to 15 years is no exception.

Although the Australian Terrier can generally be called a healthy breed, there are certain race-related hereditary defects that can occur within the Australian terrier population.

Some of these defects include, but are not limited to:
Patellar Luxation – a kneecap that is looser than normal and can dislodge at times. (It can be recognized by that typical gait: a few steps normal and then suddenly a little bump with a hind leg.)
Atopy, an allergy to certain substances occasionally also occurs.
Diabetes. Australian terriers can become susceptible to diabetes in their old age, which makes quality food very important throughout their lifetime.

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