About Us

Alan and Dori have been producing 
show-quality Aussies for nearly 40 years


Outbackred Aussies raises pure bred Australian Terriers for show, performance and companion animals. We follow the standard as set forth by the American Kennel Club, striving for the preservation of excellent health, temperament, structure & the genetics for consistency in future generations.

As a heritage and preservation breeder of Australian Terriers we continue this breed for the future generations to come; Producing quality dogs for showing and also many other venues. Aussies are capable vermin dogs both above and below ground. They simply excel at their intended use as that smaller working Terrier!


Well we really didn't, our neighbor Renee chose for us! That tiny little shelter dog Renee introduced to us changed our lives that day. Miss Scruffie was an immediate love of our family. Soon we were at our very first dog show at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Finally we found our first show dog, CH Crestwoods Joey Outbackred, and he became our 1st foundation stud. A few years later Mrs. Jennie Worthing introduced herself to us, and became our trusted mentor. Jennie also did some research, and discovered our Miss Scruffie's breeder. We learned about Thornoaks Kennels, her breeder, so we could know her history. Mrs. Worthing also found our Heirloom Jinnie O'Outbackred, and our kennel "Outbackred Australian Terriers" began its story.
The respect that we have for Mrs. Worthing, and her successes as a long time breeder, owner, exhibitor of the Aussie, quickly made us realize keeping the pure line of Taralee was paramount. With only occasional, carefully planned breedings of outside genetics, the better chance you have of obtaining truly quality dogs in your own programs. The original breeders from Australia, understood that to keep and maintain type and consistency you must always travel back and visit the past to preserve in the future. Dr Woolcock of Taralee Kennels continuously bred healthy dogs and because Mrs. Worthing respected his breeding program, used those genetics and protected that program, the "preservation breeder" was born. Ms. Worthing guided our choices in breeding and taught us how to find that perfect "pick" puppy. She reminded us many times "you cannot keep them all" and if this puppy has just too many "faults", find the little one a loving home where they will make the family they love happy for many years to come.

Official Breed Standard of the Australian Terrier


A small, sturdy, medium-boned working terrier, rather long in proportion to height with pricked ears and docked tail or undocked tail. Blue and tan, solid sandy or solid red in color, with harsh-textured outer coat, a distinctive ruff and apron, and a soft, silky topknot. As befits their heritage as versatile workers, Australian Terriers are sound and free moving with good reach and drive. Their expression keen and intelligent; their manner spirited and selfassured. The following description is that of the ideal Australian Terrier. Any deviation from this description must be penalized to the extent of the deviation.


Neck - Long, slightly arched and strong, blending smoothly into well laid back shoulders. Topline - Level and firm. Body - The body is of sturdy structure with ribs well sprung but not rounded, forming a chest reaching slightly below the elbows with a distinct keel. The loin is strong and fairly short with slight tuck-up. Faults - Cobbiness, too long in loin. Tail - Set on high and carried erect at a twelve to one o'clock position, in balance with the overall dog, a good hand-hold when mature, docked leaving slightly less than one half, or undocked from straight to curved forward. The tail set is of primary importance.


Size - Height 10 to 11 inches at the withers. Deviation in either direction is to be discouraged. Proportion - The body is long in proportion to the height of the dog. The length of back from withers to the front of the tail is approximately 1 to 1½ inches longer than from withers to the ground. Substance - Good working condition, medium bone, correct body proportions, symmetry and balance determine proper weight


Strong; legs well angulated at the stifles and hocks, short and perpendicular from the hocks to the ground. Upper and lower thighs are well muscled. Viewed from behind the rear legs are straight from the hip joints to the ground and in the same plane as the forelegs. Faults - Lack of muscular development or excessive muscularity. Feet - (See under Forequarters.)


The head is long and strong. The length of the muzzle is equal to the length of the skull. Expression - Keen and intelligent. Eyes - Small, dark brown to black (the darker the better), keen in expression, set well apart. Rims are black, oval in shape. Faults - Light-colored or protruding eyes. Ears - Small, erect and pointed; set high on the skull yet well apart, carried erect without any tendency to flare obliquely off the skull. Skull - Viewed from the front or side is long and flat, slightly longer than it is wide and full between the eyes, with slight but definite stop. Muzzle - Strong and powerful with slight fill under the eyes. The jaws are powerful. Nose - Black. A desirable breed characteristic is an inverted V-shaped area free of hair extending from the nose up the bridge of the muzzle, varying in length in the mature dog. Lips - Tight and dark brown or black-rimmed. Bite - Scissors with teeth of good size.


Shoulders - Long blades, well laid back with only slight space between the shoulder blades at the withers. The length of the upper arm is comparable to the length of the shoulder blade. The angle between the shoulder and the upper arm is 90 degrees. Faults - Straight, loose and loaded shoulders. Elbows - Close to the chest. Forelegs - Straight, parallel when viewed from the front; the bone is round and medium in size. They should be set well under the body, with definite body overhang (keel) before them when viewed from the side. Pasterns - Strong, with only slight slope. Fault - Down on pasterns. Dewclaws – May be removed. Feet - Small, clean, catlike; toes arched and compact, nicely padded turning neither inward nor outward. Nails - Short, black and strong.


Outer Coat - Harsh and straight; 2½ inches all over the body except the tail, pasterns, rear legs from the hocks down, and the feet which are kept free of long hair. Hair on the ears is kept very short. Undercoat - Short and soft. Furnishings - Softer than body coat. The neck is well furnished with hair, which forms a protective ruff blending into the apron. The forelegs are slightly feathered to the pasterns. Topknot - Covering only the top of the skull; of finer and softer texture than the rest of the coat.


As seen from the front and from the rear, the legs are straight from the shoulder and hip joints to the pads, and move in planes parallel to the centerline of travel. The rear legs move in the same planes as the front legs. As the dog moves at a faster trot, the front and rear legs and feet may tend to converge toward the centerline of travel, but the legs remain straight even as they flex or extend. Viewed from the side, the legs move in a ground-covering stride. The rear feet should meet the ground in the same prints as left by the front feet, with no gap between them. Topline remains firm and level, without bounce.


Colors: Blue and tan, solid sandy and solid red. Blue and tan - Blue: dark blue, steel-blue, dark gray-blue, or silver-blue. In silver-blues, each hair carries blue and silver alternating with the darker color at the tips. Tan markings (not sandy or red), as rich as possible, on face, ears, underbody, lower legs and feet, and around vent. The richer the color and more clearly defined the better. Topknot - Silver or a lighter shade than head color. Sandy or Red - Any shade of solid sandy or solid red, the clearer the better. Topknot - Silver or a lighter shade of body coat. Faults - All black body coat in the adult dog. Tan smut in the blue portion of the coat, or dark smut in sandy/red coated dogs. In any color, white markings on chest or feet are to be penalized.


The Australian Terrier is spirited, alert, courageous, and self-confident, with the natural aggressiveness of a ratter and hedge hunter; as a companion, friendly and affectionate.


Shyness or aggressiveness toward people.

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