Australian Silky Terrier

A keen, alert and perky breed, the Australian Silky Terrier is small in stature yet a big dog at heart. Originally a cross between the Yorkshire and the Australian Terrier, the breed was popularised in the USA after WWII when returning American soldiers brought some back as pets. Bred to guard the home from rodents and snakes, the breed has lived on as an ideal companion for a small home.

Health, Hygiene and Appearance

The Australian Silky Terrier is compact, with small legs, and stands about 20 centimetres tall. Its colouring is predominantly black and tan, with the fur being quite long and soft.

The breed requires daily attention to grooming. Daily brushing of the animal’s long coat is essential to avoid matting. Owners can also choose to keep the dog clipped to reduce grooming needs. A Silky can be bathed every few weeks. The hair is quite similar to a humans in texture, so a standard shampoo and conditioner can be used. The Terrier’s skin can become dry and itchy however, but if this occurs an oatmeal and avocado shampoo can be used to remedy the problem.

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