Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

Australian Silky Terrier

Australian Silky Terrier
Australian Silky Terrier
The Australian Silky Terrier is often said to be the result of a planned mating between an Australian Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier, but because stud records were not kept in the early days this cannot be proved. In 1900 the Australian Terrier Club was formed, but folded a couple of years later leading to the formation of the Victoria Silky and Yorkshire Terrier Club. In 1904 this new club drew up a standard for the breed. Soon after breeders in Sydney formed the Sydney Silky Club and developed a separate standard for what was to be known as the Sydney Silky.

Even today, Australian Silky Terrier breeders will receive requests for Sydney Silkies from throughout the world. And it was not until 1959 that the Silky was recognised as being a breed and was given the name Australian Silky Terrier and the official breed standard drawn up.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

Silky Terriers have a feisty appetite for life and usually live up to 13 years of age, but some extra care and sound diet can easily live up to 15 years of age.

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

The Australian Silky Terrier is friendly to all the family, but will usually attach itself to one member and be friendly with the rest. It will tolerate strangers, but no more than that. It will love children if raised with them, but it doesn't enjoy being fussed over or being treated like an animated toy and prefers to be treated as an equal.

The Silky is classified as a toy dog because of its size, but it is far removed from the usual lap dog. It has the true smart and forceful character of a terrier and it has all the advantages of a small dog in suburban life, not being too big for the children, the car or the garden.

Bred as a house dog, it is just as much at home in the country protecting the homestead from snakes and rats with all the tenacity and zest of its terrier forebears. The Silky is a mixture of temperament traits, taking after the Australians who bred it.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

Needs to be introduced to other pets at an early age. Remember this is a terrier breed.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

Similar to most long-coated dogs, the Silky loves being groomed, provided this procedure is started at an early age. The amount of grooming required is dependent on the actual length of coat your Silky has inherited.

A Silky does not require a great deal of exercise, but being full of tremendous energy, it will love running in the fields or going for long walks on the end of a lead. Its bed is its kingdom, be it a cardboard box or a fancy basket. All small dogs should be allowed to sleep inside, so set the bed in a place that will be suitable to you and your Silky.

Please take note:
The Silky is not suited to being an outdoor dog.

IDEAL OWNERS

Those who want a family companion, and are willing to have a dog living indoors.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Australian Silky Terrier is the dog for you and you want a dog that likes to spend most of its time indoors, then contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders

Breeder Name Kennel State
Helmut & Helma DRESSLER ausilk QLD Contact
Kerry and Richard Clarke and McNamara Chamshep QLD Contact
James Camac Balkana VIC Contact
Pat Scales Gayplad NSW Contact
Helmut Dressler Auslik QLD Contact
Paul Zechovsky Deltessa VIC Contact
B K & G Keegan Skysilk NSW Contact
AILEEN O'BRIEN willame QLD Contact
Mary Simes Queensme SA Contact
Anky Berry Dunnwarren VIC Contact
Mary Simes Queensme SA Contact
Janelle Waddington Japatina TAS Contact
Pat Scales Gayplad NSW Contact
vivian price allsilky NSW Contact
linley mineif rosedale NSW Contact
Kristina Pastiu Allannette QLD Contact
Paul Zechovsky Deltessa VIC Contact
Debbie Jacques PONDAROZA NSW Contact
Noeline Quinn Quinvale QLD Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

  • Australian Capital Territory:
    Dogs ACT
    (ACT Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 815
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Tel: 02 6241 4404
    Fax: 02 6241 1129
    Website: www.dogsact.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • New South Wales:
    Dogs NSW
    (Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
    PO Box 632
    St Marys, NSW 1790
    Tel: 02 9834 3022
    Fax: 02 9834 3872
    Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
    (Details current as of 10/10/2013)
  • Northern Terrority:
    Dogs NT
    (North Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 37521
    Winnellie, NT 0821
    Tel: 08 8984 3570
    Fax: 08 8984 3409
    Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Queensland:
    Dogs Queensland
    (Canine Control Council (Queensland))
    PO Box 495
    Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
    Tel: 07 3252 2661
    Fax: 07 3252 3864
    Website: www.cccq.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • South Australia:
    Dogs SA
    (South Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 844
    Prospect East, SA 5082
    Tel: 08 8349 4797
    Fax: 08 8262 5751
    Website: www.dogssa.com.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Tasmania:
    Dogs Tasmania
    (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
    The Rothman Building
    PO Box 116
    Glenorchy, Tas 7010
    Tel: 03 6272 9443
    Fax: 03 6273 0844
    Website: www.tasdogs.com/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Victoria:
    Dogs Victoria
    (Victorian Canine Association)
    Locked Bag K9
    Cranbourne, Vic 3977
    Tel: 03 9788 2500
    Fax: 03 9788 2599
    Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Western Australia:
    Dogs West
    (Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
    Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
    Southern River, WA, 6110
    Tel: 08 9455 1188
    Fax: 08 9455 1190
    Website: www.dogswest.com
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)