Dog Breeds

Silky Terrier Dog Breed

Silky Terrier  Dog Breed Information

This is a cross between the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. The dog was known as the Sydney Terrier, after the town where the breed originated, and was first shown in 1907. The name then was changed to the more inclusive Australian Silky Terrier.

In the United States, it is a Silky Terrier. From the Yorkie he inherited the beautiful silky coat, although not nearly as long, and from the Aussie, he has ruggedness and spirit. The Silky is a lightly built, moderately low-set dog, with a strong, wedge-shaped head. The small dark eyes are piercingly keen in expression.

The docked tail is well-coated but without plume and is carried erect or semierect. The coat is flat, and as indicated in the breed’s name, silky in texture, with the desired length from five to six inches (13-16 cm). On the top of the head, the hair is so profuse as to form a topknot.

The hair is parted on the head and down over the back to the root of the tail. In color, the Silky is blue and tan. Without an undercoat there is not much shedding, and a brushing every couple of days will keep him in shape. He is an active Iittle fellow, an excellent watchdog, and quite noisy.

Height: 9-10 inches (23-25 cm); weight: 8-10 pounds (4 kg).


1. Your disposition, tastes and favorite recreations. Since dogs are ideal companions it is only common sense to choose your future comrade with an eye to his disposition, tastes and favorite recreations. He’ll try to make them fit yours whether or no, but why start with a handicap? If you are inclined to be jumpy and sudden and unexpected noises get on your nerves, yet prefer a small dog to a large one, you would surely be better satisfied with a spaniel than with a terrier. Especially if you take a notion to do a little gunning now and then. In the same way any fastidious housewife will tell you white hair is more conspicuous on rugs and furniture than brown or black and that the broom or vacuum cleaner handles short hair better than long.

2. Your occupation. As already said, your dog may be your partner or employee, and a very efficient one, if you read over his references before you take him on. He may drive the cattle to pasture and back to the barn, guard the merchandise you leave in your car when you go into a house, store or factory to make a sale, be your night watchman or burglar alarm or even your nursemaid when you run across the street to borrow a loaf of bread. These services are just a sample.

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