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 or food 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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