Used the search function and couldn't find a single thing/post about the Tenterfield Terrier. I know they're Australian, but not sure how common they are or if you ever see them at your practice - but would be curious if you could do a breed rundown if/when you have the time (or if it's even possible? They're quite rare here in WA as it is, even being Australian in origin). Love your blog and the time and thought you put into things, no obligation to respond! Thanks for your time! <3
Tenterfield Terriers are Aussie, but they’re pretty uncommon. I think the breed has only been established for around 15 years and lots of people wouldn’t recognize them as anything different to a mini fox terrier. Some people would say that they are not different, that they are two versions of the same breed.
Please note the disclaimer. These posts are about the breed from a veterinary viewpoint as seen in clinical practice, i.e. the problems we are faced with. It’s not the be-all and end-all of the breed and is not to make a judgement about whether the breed is right for you. If you are asking for an opinion about these animals in a veterinary setting, that is what you will get. It’s not going to be all sunshine and cupcakes, and is not intended as a personal insult against your favorite breed. This is general advice for what is common, often with a scientific consensus but sometimes based on personal experiences, and is not a guarantee of what your animal is going to encounter in their life.
The difficulty in gathering health information for a breed that’s only really been established for around 15 years, when the dogs in question typically live 12-14 years, is that you don’t have huge amounts of data for ‘cause of death’ because hopefully most of the dogs from the early days of the breed are still alive.
They are relatively rare here too, though I quite like the ones I’ve met. Certainly the mini foxie is more common.
That said, Patella Luxation is a concern in this breed, like most dogs of the small persuasion. They’re reasonably straight legged though, so it’s by no means ubiquitous in the breed.
There are reports of the breed being more prone to hypothyroidism or Addisons, but I can’t correlate that myself. There’s simply not enough data yet on these little dogs.
It is worth noting the breed does contain a genetic bob tail, and considering that docking dog’s tails without good medical reason is illegal in Australia, if you’re not familiar with the breed you could be tricked into thinking something illegal has been done. Individuals can and will vary in how ‘short’ their bob is.
So I haven’t got huge amounts of data for a relatively rare breed ,but I do hope they catch on.