Australian Silky Terrier
This cute furry Australian Silky Terrier is a tiny breed of dog of the terrier dog type. This breed was first developed in Australia, although the breed was inherited from the Great Britain. Silky Terrier is nearly linked to both the Australia Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. The class is called the Silky Terrier in the Northern region of America, but in the rest of the world and in the country of its origin it is called the Australian Silky.
The relatives of the Australian Silky Terrier embrace the Yorkshire terrier and the Australian Terrier. This descends from the bumpy covered type terriers brought from the Great Britain to Australian region in the 19th century. Hardly any records point to the fact that whether early dogs were Australian Terriers born with silky hair, or whether it was an attempt to form a separate race. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), this breeding process began at the end of the 19th century when were crossed with the Australian Terriers. Sydney Silky was the first name given to this breed, as it was originated mainly in Sydney. Even though most of the other Australian races were operational dogs, this breed of Silky Terrier was bred chiefly to be an urban pet and a good companion, the other know name of this dog in Australia is snake killer dog.
Until 1929 it was not clearly defined what to call this Australian Terrier, the Australian Silky Terrier or the Yorkshire Terrier. After 1932 in Australia, more crossbreeding was dejected, and in late 1955 the breed’s name authoritatively became the” Australian Silky Terrier”.
During World War II and after this war some American servicemen brought back few Silky Terriers to US. Newspaper photographs of the breed caused a gained recognition and then many other countries like US imported hundreds of Terriers from Australia.
This breed of dog known as Australian Silky Terrier is a little and compact undersized legged terrier, sized from 9.1 to 10.2 in inches (23 to 26 cm) at the wither, attentive and energetic. The identifying mark of this Silky Terrier is long silky grey, white or blue and coffee colored fur, straight and parted all along the back and the fur is fine and glossy in appearance. All extent and aspect of the body of this dog and head are of shades of grey and white can describe this breed’s standard.
The Silky Terrier should be somewhat taller about one fifth of the longest withers. This is a dog that was in olden times used for hunting and carnage rodents, snakes and many other small animals. The skin of Silky Terrier requires a lot of habitual grooming and shampooing to retain its silkiness.
The head of Silky Terrier is quite strong, wedge-shaped. The eyes are big attractive and almond-shaped. The light-colored eyes are considered a bad health of the dog. The ears are small and carried upright. The Silky Terrier has a high-set tail and small, almost catlike, feet. The fur should be extended, but not so long to approach floor length.
The Silky Terrier’s skin is extremely vulnerable to matting and tangles and requires on a daily basis of brushing and combing. This breed requires a profound vow from the owners. To keep the fur radiant, daily shampooing is must. Some suggested shampoos which will help in alleviate the itch, dry skin of this race are Avocado and Oatmeal shampoo.
This scrupulous breed supposed to be taken to a groomer every three weeks. Its teeth must be brushed every three to four days. This breed has a major problem regarding teeth and gum. To avoid tracheal collapse care should be taken with grooming hair near the neck area and a harness leash.