|Group:||Toys (Group 1)|
|Club:||Australian Silky Terrier Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mrs Jan Cooke|
Background The Australian Silky Terrier is often said to be the result of a planned mating between an Australian Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier but because stud records were not kept in the early days this can only be supposition. Around the year 1890 the Australian Silky Terrier Club was formed but folded a couple of years later, leading to the formation of the Victoria Silky and Yorkshire Terrier Club. In 1904 this new club drew up a standard for the breed. Soon after breeders in Sydney formed the Sydney Silky Club and developed a separate standard for what was to be known as the Sydney Silky. Even today, Australian Silky Terrier breeders will receive requests for Sydney Silkies from all over the world. It was not until 1959 that the Silky was recognised as being a breed and was given the name Australian Silky Terrier and the official breed standard drawn up.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Silky Terriers live to 12 - 15 years of age.
Compatibility with other pets Your Silky needs to be introduced to other pets at an early age. Remember this is a terrier breed.
Please Take Note The Silky is not suited to being an outdoor dog.
Ideal Owner/s Those who require a family companion and are prepared to have a dog living indoors.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Australian Silky Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.