Australian Silky Terrier
Australia FCI 236 . Toy Terriers

Australian Silky Terrier

The Australian Silky Terrier It is not appropriate to live with other smaller pets.



The Australian Silky Terrier is a native of Australia dog, Although the types and ancestral breeds were of Great Britain. The ancestors of the Australian Silky Terrier include the Yorkshire Terrier (originating in England and Scotland before being considered) and the Aussie (It descends from brought type wire-haired Terrier of Great Britain to Australia century 19), but the records do not indicate whether early dogs were simply Terrier Australian born with silky fur, or if there was an attempt to create a breed apart.

In accordance with the American Kennel Club, the race began at the end of the 19th century, being result of crosses between a Yorkshire Terrier and Aussie. At the beginning, "the race was known as"the Sydney silk”, that was mainly in the city of Sydney, Australia. Although most Australian breeds are listed as working dogs, Australian Silky Terrier, is considered to be, was raised - mainly- to be an urban pet and companion of the family, but also It is a breed known for killing snakes in Australia.

Until 1929, the Australian Terrier, the Silky Terrier Australian and the Yorkshire Terrier they were not clearly defined, in the same litter, could birth three dogs of breeds considered over time, different. According to the existing information, they were separated by the appearance in different types once they raised separately.

After 1932 in Australia, miscegenation was tweaking, and in 1955 the name of the race officially became Australian Silky Terrier. The breed was recognized by the national canine Council of Australia, in 1958 in the Toy group.

During and after World War II American soldiers who had been sent to Australia, return to United States, they brought with them several Australian Silky Terrier. Pictures in the newspapers of the time (1954), They show the soldiers, back to home wearing their pets Australian Silky Terrier, and this caused a rise in popularity to the race, and hundreds of Australian Silky Terrier were imported from Australia to the United States.

The American Kennel Club He acknowledged the race as the Silky Terrier in 1959, like the United Kennel Club ((UNITED STATES)UU.) in 1965, and the Canadian Kennel Club. The breed is recognized by all major canine clubs of the English speaking world, and internationally by the Federation Cynologique Internationale as breed number 236.

Physical characteristics

The Australian Silky Terrier is a Terrier, but is usually placed in the Group of dogs Toy type, instead of the Terrier group, due to its small size. The Federation Cynologique Internationale has a special section of the Terrier group that includes only the smaller dogs, While other canine clubs, place the breed in the Toy group, but universally everyone agrees that the breed type is Terrier.

His mantle's hair is grey, Griffon's soft texture and bluish, smooth and long. It requires constant maintenance and brushing. An Australian Silky Terrier should have approximately 23 a 25 cm to cross and weighs between 3.6 and 8 kg, Although the steps may vary between the different federations. It should be a little bit longer than that width (about one-fifth longer than the height at the cross).

Australian Silky Terrier, small, almond-shaped eyes. According to the rules, the eyes are considered to lack. The ears are small and erect. It has a tail of high adjustment and small feet, almost like a cat. The hair should be long. The hair on the face and ears is usually cut.

This breed must have with a Barber every three weeks and their teeth should be brushed. The Terrier are known to have problems with teeth and gums.

The layer of Silky Terrier is very susceptible to tangles and mats and requires daily brushing and the hairstyle. This breed requires a deep commitment to the owners. To keep the shiny fur, regular washing is necessary. The use of an avocado and oatmeal shampoo will help relieve the itching of the skin, characteristic of this breed dry.

Character and skills

The Silky Terrier has a very lively character and will bark at any stranger immediately. He is smart and also an excellent watchdog, announcing unwanted intruders with a squeaky bark.

Due to its small size, also suitable for an apartment in the city, but also appreciates extensive exercise in nature. He makes a very nice roommate and an excellent pet for everyone who likes a small dog with a big heart.

The Silky Terrier can bring much joy to the sick or the elderly, that can even be tied to the house, at least if the dog still gets proper exercise from relatives or good neighbors.

Like most other terriers, the Silkies they are very alert and anxious. Hunting instinct is generally well developed, so the dog should always have enough opportunity to move.

Because despite his pretty appearance he Silky Terrier it is not a lap dog, but a typical terrier that needs movement and family connection. He is a cheerful and uncomplicated companion dog, with a lot of temperament and joy of movement, but fortunately it is easy to train.

As the Silky Terrier also has a distinctive personality, a consistent and loving education is essential.

Australien Silky Terrier Education

Although the Silky Terrier australiano it's a miniature terrier, still has the typical terrier stubbornness. That is why you should show him a firm education. If this is practiced, the “Silky” will become a simple and obedient companion, but – can't get out of your skin – can also kill a rat or mouse from time to time. His intelligence can be promoted by brain work and he can also be taught little tricks.

Care and diseases Australien Silky Terrier

Although her hair doesn't shed much, the mantle of your Silky Terrier australiano needs a lot of care. Needs to be brushed daily to keep its long coat silky. But the straight and split hair makes brushing relatively easy, if you don't let it get tangled.

Common diseases:

Seasonal dermatitis (inflammation of the skin caused mainly by malassezias), drug intolerance (glucocorticoids), cataract, urinary tract diseases (cystine stones).

Australian Silky Terrier pictures

Australian Silky Terrier Videos

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 3: Terriers.
  • Section 4: Toy Terriers. Without working trial.
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Group 3 – Section 4 Toy Terriers.
    • AKC – Terriers
    • ANKC – Terriers
    • CKC – Terriers
    • ​KC – Terriers
    • NZKC – Terriers
    • UKC – Terriers

    FCI standard of the Australian Silky Terrier breed


    Alternative names:

      1. Silky Terrier (English).
      2. Silky Terrier australien (French).
      3. Sydney Silky, Australian Silky (German).
      4. Silky terrier, silky terrier australiano (Portuguese).
      5. Silky, Aussie, Terrier Sedoso Australiano (Spanish).
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