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Australian Silky Terrier is a small dog with a long, smooth and silky coat, which is divided in a middle parting lengthwise. It is a happy and energetic dog, which is not suitable as a lap dog. Instead it prefers to chase mice and rats, which is exactly what is was bred for. Australian Silky Terrier is an excellent family dog, which loves children. However, it requires a firm but loving training.

Character and behaviour
Australian Silky Terriers are small bundles of energy that need certain amount of exercise in order to be able to calm down. It is an intelligent dog, which is eager to learn and it is relatively easy to obedience train. It is important to socialise Australian Silky Terriers when they are still puppies given that their mind may otherwise cause problems.

History of the breed
Australian Silky Terriers originate, as the name implies, from Australia. It is a cross breed between the Australian Terrier, the Yorkshire Terrier, and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The Australian Silky Terrier was bred to keep the mice and rat population low and to keep snakes and other reptiles away from the immigrants’ houses.

Appearance, grooming and health
Australian Silky Terrier is a small, compact, and short-legged terrier with upright v-shaped ears. The tail is set high and carried upright. The head is moderately long, with small, round, and dark eyes. Australian Silky terriers are slightly longer than they are tall.

Australian Silky Terrier is 9-10 inches and weighs 8-11 pounds.

Australian Silky Terriers ‘ characteristic is the long, silky smooth grey and white or blue and brown coat. The coat is divided in a middle parting lengthwise. It is important to brush the coat daily in order to maintain the silky look. Furthermore, it needs to be taken to the hairdresser several times a year. The hair on its face needs regular cutting.

Generally speaking, it is a healthy breed, but as with other terriers, teeth problems and gum problems may occur. Furthermore, it is important to wash the Australian Silky Terrier with shampoo regularly otherwise it tends to get skin problems.

What you should know about the breed:

  • Loves to play ball
  • Needs a great deal of exercise in order to calm down.
  • Requires highly committed owners.
  • Loves children.
  • Digs holes in the garden.
  • Is suitable as a guard dog given that it barks loudly when people approach the house.

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