Silky Terrier Dog Breed

The Silky Terrier was first bred in the 19th century.
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Silky Terrier Dog Breed

About the Silky Terrier Dog Breed 

The Silky Terrier was first bred in the 19th century as a cross between the Australian and Yorkshire Terriers. Today it is considered its own dog breed, a friendly and joyful lapdog.

Silky Terrier Physical Characteristics

The Silky Terrier is a small and delicate dog with erect ears and short tails. 


Most commonly seen in blue and tan.


As its name implies, the coat of the Silky Terrier is silky and long. When grown long, the coat is often parted at the top of the head down to the back of the tail.

Silky Terrier Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Silky Terrier is a loyal lapdog that loves to stay close to its owners and enjoys the company of older children.

Things to Consider

The Silky Terrier can be yappy — barking at strangers, etc. — and has been known to act greedy with food and toys. Additionally, it is prone to chase other animals and will require special grooming attention.

Silky Terrier Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Silky Terrier fares well in the country or city. 

Special Requirements

The breed requires special grooming attention to maintain its coat.

Silky Terrier Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Silky Terriers:


Silky Terrier History and Background

The ancestor of the Silky Terrier, developed in Australia in the late 19th century, was the Yorkshire Terrier. Early on, the breed had an attractive tan and steel blue coloration, which was crossed with blue and tan Australian Terriers to enhance its color of the coat while retaining its robust form.

The dogs that stemmed from these crosses were originally referred to as Australian Terriers or Yorkshire Terriers. Some breeders, however, thought they initiated the development of a different breed altogether and displayed these dogs as Silky Terriers. But by interbreeding the breed, a true breeding strain developed. As two disparate areas in Australia were chosen for the breed’s development, different breed standards were set in 1906, and again in 1909 and 1926.

The most popular name for the breed in Australia was Sydney Silky Terrier, but in 1955 it was altered to the Australian Silky Terrier. In the same year, the Sydney Silky Terrier Club of America held its first meeting, later changing its club name to the Silky Terrier Club of America. It was not until 1959 that the American Kennel Club recognized the breed. Today, it is considered a joyful yet mischievous lapdog.