Australian Silky Terrier
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 9 in (22.5cm)
Weight: 8-10 lb (3.5-4.5kg
Coat: Straight, fine, and glossy
Color: Blue and tan, gray, or blue and tan with silver-blue topknot; tips of hairs should be darker at roots
|The Australian Silky Terrier, or Silky Terrier, was
originally known as the Sydney Silky, and the progeny
were registered under that name as recently as 1945.
It owes its existence to the cross-breeding of Skye and
Yorkshire Terriers, and also of the Yorkshire and
Australian Terriers (the Australian having not only
Yorkie but Dandie Dinmont, Cairn, and Norwich
terrier blood in its veins). The first breed standard
was not published until1962, although the breed
was accepted in the United States three years earlier.
The Australian Silky is a typical terrier in
temperament. It is not averse to a spot of vermin
hunting but offers its owners much affection. It needs
good daily walks to work off its energy and regular
brushing and combing-lots of attention to its coat
is essential if it is to compete in the show ring.