Australian Silky Terrier Info & Australian Silky Terrier Breeders

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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.


Thanks to Bonniefrolix Australian Silky Terriers for contributing to this breed information.


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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Registered Australian Silky Terrier Breeders

ALLANNETTE Australian Silky Terriers
In 1983 I started the Allannette Prefix. I enjoyed 30 years of breeding and exhibiting Silkies with considerable success here in Australia and also ... read more
Balkana Kennels - Australian Silky Terrier Breeder - Ballarat, VIC
I have been involved in the breed since 1968,breeding and handling some of Australia's biggest winning Silkies. Breeder judge dedicated to breeding ... read more
Bonniefrolix Australian Silky Terriers - Dandenong Ranges, VIC
We love animals and we breed pedigreed Australian Silky Terriers occasionally.
We are third and fourth generation Australian Silky Terrier breeders, ... read more
Brunkerville -  Chinese Crested Dog, Australian Silky Terrier- Newcastle, NSW
We are very small breeders - of Australian Silky Terriers and Chinese Crested Dogs. We usually only breed two litters each year.

All of our ... read more
Chamshep Kennels - Belgian, Australian Shepherds Breeder - South East QLD
Breeder and exhibitors of all varieties of Australian Shepherds, Belgian Shepherds. We have participated in many aspects of the dog world for over ... read more
Pondaroza - Australian Silky Terriers and Japanese Chin Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
We have had Australian Silky Terriers in our lives for over 30 years, and have been showing them since 1996. I fell in love with the Japanese Chin ... read more
Quinvale Australian Silky Terrier & Papillon Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
We are just a small Kennel, mostly interested in the show ring rather than breeding but from time to time we do have a litter.
I have been active in ... read more
Tagetarl Kennels -   Australian Terriers & Australian Silky Terrier Breeder - Darwin, NT, Australia
At TAGETARL we breed quality Australian Silky Terriers and Australian Terriers occasionally. At TAGETARL there are no 'experimental' matings. We ... read more
YERONGTONG - Australian Silky Terrier Breeder - NSW
Our Dogs are very loved and a huge part of lives, Our puppies are raised with the same care as we were are keeping them, We spend a lot of time with ... read more