meet theSilky Terrier


Training &Temperament

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.

  • Children


    89% agree

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  • Training


    88% agree

  • Time Alone


    67% agree

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 007
Black & Tan 018
Blue 037
Blue & Tan 044
Blue Silver & Tan 055
Cream 076
Fawn 082
Gray 100
Gray & Tan 103
Platinum 319
Silver 176
Silver & Tan 181
Silver Black & Tan 184


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code