The bloodline of the Australian Silky Terrier can be traced to the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. This dog breed was developed in the 19th century. To improve the blue and tan coat color of the Australian Terrier, it was bred with the Yorkshire Terrier. This breed of dog was introduced to American by the American soldiers stationed in Australia during World War II. Till 1955, the Australian Silky Terriers were known as the Sydney Silky Terriers.
The Silky Terrier is compact, fine-boned dog with long hairs. The dog features erect ears, longer body, and a docked tail. This breed of dog has catlike feet, which are small, round and well-padded. It has fine and silky hair, and the coat comes in blue and fire red, or blue with tan markings. This dog breed may grow up to a height of 9–10 inches and weigh around 8–11 pounds.
Black/Tan, Blue/Tan, Blue Silver/Tan, Gray/Tan, Silver/Tan, Silver Black/Tan
The Australian Silky Terrier is very alert and courageous dog. They are full of energy, are intelligent and sociable. They always prefer to remain close to their master. It is an enthusiastic digger, and is also a bit stubborn. The Australian Silky Terriers can be a good watchdog.
Some of the minor health concerns the Silky Terrier is prone to includes intervertebral disc disease, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation and Legg-Perthes. Diabetes, epilepsy, and tracheal collapse are the other diseases the breed is susceptible to.
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR