Non-sporting Breeds

Australian Silky Terrier

Australian Silky Terrier
Pedigree Points
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.
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