General Appearance | Characteristics | Temperament | Head and Skull | Eyes | Ears | Mouth  Neck | Forequarters | Body | Hindquarters | Feet | Tail | Gait/Movement | Color | Size

Tenterfield Terrier Standard
General Appearance
The Tenterfield Terrier is a strong, active, agile working terrier of great versatility and of pleasing proportion. The measurement of wither to ground and wither to rear point of buttock should be of equal proportions. The length of the head and neck should always be in balance to the whole of the dog. The coat is always smooth.

A keen, intelligent and alert expression which is denoted by the carriage of the ears and erect tail.

Confident with an eagerness to learn, showing great loyalty to its owner and although fearless and bold at work, he is an ideal companion dog in the home.

Head and Skull
Medium sized head in proportion to the body. The skull is only slightly rounded from ear to ear. Domed or apple heads are highly undesirable. When viewed from the front and side, the skull is to be wedge shaped and well filled in under the eyes. The stop is moderate and when measured from that point to the occiput it equals the distance from the stop to the tip of the nose with parallel planes. The colour of the nose is preferably black, with
the exception of a true liver which will have a liver nose. There should be strength in the muzzle.

Not large, protruding or round, but slightly oval in shape. As dark as possible with a keen expression and pigmented eye rims. Light eyes and wall eyes are to be discouraged.


V-shaped and slightly rounded tips, set high on the outer edge of the skull, erect or semi-erect. If semi-erect the top third of the ear tips forward. Not wide or large at the base, rather medium in size. The length of the ear to be roughly equal to the width between the ears. The ears are of a thin texture (not thick).

Strong jaws with full dentition and complete scissor bite, ie upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth. Lips to be tight fitting and pigmented. A wry mouth should be heavily penalized.

Strong and clean of good length allowing head to be carried proudly.

Shoulders well sloped back and not too heavily muscled. Forelegs are of strong round bone in keeping with the size of the dog, straight when viewed from any angle with sufficient length of the upper arm which is well angled to the scapula ensuring the elbows are set under the body with the sternum clearly in front of the shoulder blades.

A short, compact, level topline. A strong back without slackness and with powerful loins. Ribs moderately sprung, back ribs deep and reaching well back with only a slight tuck up. The chest is of moderate width and reaching in depth to the level of the elbow, but not below.

Not too heavily muscled. The rump is well rounded with only a slight slope to the croup. Long and powerful thighs. The stifle is well bent and the hocks well let down. The pastern should be parallel when viewed from the rear, and vertical when viewed from the side.

Compact, round shaped, toes moderately arched.

Either docked or natural. If docked, docked at the 3rd joint. Sometimes a natural bob tail occurs. High set and erect when alert, but not carried over the back. If natural, of moderate length, to give balance to the dog. High set and erect when alert, but not carried over the back. Carried gaily, showing bold temperament.

Gait / Movement
Fore and hind legs carried straight forward and parallel. The elbows to move perpendicular to the body, working clear of the sides, stifles neither turning in nor out and the hocks not close, with good rear drive coming from the well flexing hindquarters.
To be short and of smooth texture. The Tenterfield Terrier is a single coated dog.

Predominantly white with black, liver and/or tan markings in its various tones. Tri-colouring is common (ie. white with black markings and tan cheeks, and/or tan above eyes and/or tan breeches). Brindle markings acceptable but not preferred. Full colour coats are not acceptable. Skins should always be pigmented.

The ideal height to be 25.5 to 30.5 cm (10 to 12 inches)
Gary and Grace Fulton