The Tenterfield Terrier was developed in Australia from crossing the Standard Fox Terrier with the Manchester Black and Tan. Later on, the Whippet was also combined into the gene pool. Although it is believed to have originated in England, it was fully developed as a breed in Australia and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. They are typically confused with the Jack Russell Terrier. It has an average height of 10 to 12 inches and the weight is in good proportion to the height of the dog. It has a wedge shaped head when viewed from the side, with a moderate stop and a strong muzzle. It has slightly oval shaped eyes that are dark in colour and with well pigmented rims. Its ears are V-shaped, slightly rounded at the tips and set high on the outer edge of the skull. Its body is short and compact with a level topline. The tail is typically docked, high set and erect when alert. It has a short and smooth coat with colours in white with black, liver and/or tan markings.
Like all terrier breeds, the Tenterfield Terrier is active, agile and possesses great versatility. They are friendly and sociable, always ready for any type of play or human contact. They are useful working companions as well as an entertaining and wonderful family pet. They thrive on challenges and being given something to do otherwise they become noisy, destructive and bored. Because they are instinctively small game hunters, they cannot be trusted with small non-canine pets such as mice or guinea pigs.