Australian Silky Terrier Info & Australian Silky Terrier Breeders
The Australian Silky Terrier is a small breed of dog that was developed in Australia. They are known as one of the most loving of the dog breeds. Australian Silky Terriers are beautiful, intelligent and very loyal. They are keen watch-dogs, rodent hunters and they make excellent family pets!
The breed originated in the early days of the Australian Colony. Their ancestral Terriers arrived as precious cargo with the early settlers on the ships coming out from England. Their job was to hunt the rodents on the ships first and on the farms afterwards. In the early days of Australia, when the country was populated by hardened convicts the little Terriers were loyal farm companions for the owners whose families were on the other side of the world.
Australian Silky Terriers are closely related to the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. The breed is called the Silky Terrier in North America, but is known as the Australian Silky Terrier in Australia and the rest of the world.
The breed standard describe the ideal Australian Silky Terrier temperament as keenly alert and active. They love to be given chances to run and play, but must have a tightly fenced yard. They also enjoy brisk walks and playing ball. The Silky is able to do well in an apartment, although they are an active indoor breed. It is important they are kept busy and social to discourage boredom. In a recent survey reported (on Dogs 101) of 91 small breed dogs (16 inches and under 22 lbs) the Silky Terrier was ranked in the top 20 in learning the quickest. This breed is the best of both worlds temperament wise. They love to sit on your lap and do "toy dog" things but have an easy going more laid back Terrier personality ready for just about any activity.
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See our List of Registered Australian Silky Terrier breeders below. You can also search our Registered Australian Silky Terrier Breeders by location here.
Potential health issues in Australian Silky Terriers
The Australian Silky Terrier is a strong, healthy breed with few health problems. It can live for up to 15 years or more. Like most breeds, it may develop arthritis or cataracts in old age, but will otherwise live a long, healthy life if it is properly cared for.
Reference: Dogs NSW
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