The Silky Terrier, also known as the Sydney Silky Terrier, the Sydney Silky, the Australian Silky Terrier, the Australian Silky, the Silky Terrier, the Silky Toy Terrier and simply the Silky, was “developed” as a breed in the late 1800s in Australia, from crosses of imported Yorkshire Terriers and native Australian Terriers. This is Australia’s only “toy” breed and is a true toy terrier in all ways: cheerful, curious, affectionate and loyal. The Silky Terrier was developed strictly as a companion animal and unlike many other terriers has not regularly been used to hunt vermin or game, although it can certainly do so. The Silky was admitted into the Toy Group by the American Kennel Club in 1959.
Silkies should stand from 9 to 10 inches at the withers. They typically weigh between 8 and 10 pounds. Their coat is, of course, silky, and is parted down the middle from head to tail. Silky Terriers are blue and tan, with the blue ranging from silver blue, pigeon blue or slate blue and the tan being deep and rich. His ears are pricked and always held erect, giving a delightfully alert expression at all times. This breed does not shed and rarely has a doggy odor, making it an exceptional companion.