Blue heelers: Australian cattle dogs bred for work, known for intelligence & loyalty. Not for novices or sedentary owners. Excel in sports, need outdoor activity, and herding training.
Aussie Terrier: Descended from British vermin hunters, tough and fearless in Australia's rugged terrain. People-oriented, high-energy, smart, strong-willed, and may not get along with other dogs.
Silky Terrier: Resembles Yorkie, developed from it in Australia. Smaller, people-oriented, active, independent, and bright. Needs training, outlet for digging, groomed more than Aussie terrier.
Kelpies: Developed from Scottish collies and dingoes for sheep-driving. Similar to Aussie cattle dogs but milder, less intense, and smaller. Not for sedentary households.
Tenterfield Terrier: Australian breed from British vermin-killing terriers. Resembles Jack Russell/toy fox terrier. Rare outside Australia. Friendly, adaptable, loyal, playful, feisty, with prey drive.
Dingoes: Ancient dog breed, wild temperament, not selectively bred. Controversial as pets due to feral nature and impact on the wild. Illegal in parts of Australia.
Koolie: Aussie herding dog from British working dogs. Resembles border collies, brilliant, patient, loyal, and agile. Silent, upright worker. Helpful in minding flock during lambing or wool collection.
Miniature Fox Terrier: Small, lightweight working terrier from Australia. Also known as mini foxie. Resembles toy fox terrier, Jack Russell, or rat terrier. Agile, fast, fun-spirited.
Bull Arab: Australian pig-hunting dog, descended from bull terriers and saluki. Medium to large, muscular, short-haired. Locates and holds pigs by the ear. Loyal family dogs.