Australian Silky Terrier
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 3 Section 4 #236
||Group 1 - (Toys)
||Group 5 - (Toys)
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Australian Silky Terrier is an
breed of dog.
It is classed in the
Toy group in
its country of origin and some other countries, but is classed as a
The average Australian Silky Terrier is about ten inches at the
weighs about ten pounds. Its head is longer than that of the
Yorkshire Terrier but shorter than that of the
Australian Terrier. The
five to six inches long with a silky texture.
Notwithstanding that this breed is in the toy group, the
Australian National Kennel Council breed standard specifies that the
Australian Silky "should display Terrier characteristics, embodying keen
alertness, activity and soundness".
The Silky is generally believed to have developed by crossing the
Yorkshire Terrier with the
Australian Terrier in
Sydney in the
point out that the Australian Terrier was itself still a developing breed at the
time of the Silky's emergence, and, since no early records were kept (as is the
case with so many dog breeds) it is likely that other crosses occurred as well.
There were also
breeding experiments with these crosses in the state of
Victoria; it is suggested that Australian and Silky Terriers were first
exhibited at the
Melbourne Royal in
1872 as "Broken-coated Terriers, Black and Tan", however, the breed is not
mentioned in The Dog of Australia,
Walter Beilby's 1987 book.
Certainly it is documented that whatever the outcrossing, puppies evidencing
rough and silky coats appeared in the same litters at the turn of the 20th
Century. The Australian Terrier, Harsh or Silky coated, was first exhibited at
Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1902.
breed standards appeared in the
1920s; in or
about 1924 the
Club requested a designation of Australian Terrier, Hard Coat and Australian
Terrier, Soft Coat but the breeders rejected the proposal.
Before puppies were registered on the Stud Books, a judge was required to
inspect litters to determine which puppies were to be registered as Sydney
Silkies, which were Australian Terriers and which were Yorkshire Terriers.
council legislation brought an end to the
crossbreeding; eventually Silky puppies were intrabred and the breed was
The official name for the breed in Australia became the Australian Silky
Terrier in 1955.
The breed club was established in
- History, Origins and Development of the Australian Silky Terrier
George Holmes. One of several essays appearing in Australian Made:
Australian Breeds Feature, privately published, mid-1990.
- Silky Terrier History from the
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