Although they’ve always been bred as companions and reside in the AKC Toy Group, Silkys are nonetheless a bit more spirited and prey-driven than the typical lapdog—the breed retains a lot of the classic terrier independence. Silkys are closely associated with Sydney, Australia’s largest city, and they make excellent urban companions: compact, people-oriented, low-shedding, and always up for long walks or playtime in the park. They’re also alert, vigilant watchdogs. Smart and often stubborn, Silkys require firm leadership from their adored humans.
Did You Know?
The Silky emerged from crossings of native Australian Terriers and imported Yorkshire Terriers.
Conflicting standards for the Silky were drawn up separately in Sydney and Victoria between 1906 and 1909, but they were eventually condensed into one standard in 1926.
One of the first acts of the Australian National Kennel Club was to recommend a national standard for the breed to the AKC (considering registration of the Silky) so as to avoid any further discrepancies between the past standards.
Originally known as the Sydney Silky Terrier, changed in Australia to the Australian Silky Terrier in 1955
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Tan||018|
|Blue & Tan||044|
|Blue Silver & Tan||055|
|Gray & Tan||103|
|Silver & Tan||181|
|Silver Black & Tan||184|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|