Breed Information Centre

Australian Silky Terrier


Illustration of Australian Silky Terrier

The breed was developed by crossing the Australian Terrier with the Yorkshire Terrier. When the early breeder McArthur Little based his famous kennel in Sydney, the breed earned its early name of the Sydney Silky. He has inherited attributes from both sides of his ancestry: the silky coat and colours of the Yorkshire Terrier and the alertness and spirit of the Australian Terrier. Toy breed he may be but he is still capable of despatching rodents.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.

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