Australian Silky Terrier
The Australian Silky Terrier is a sturdy, stocky dog with a sprawling exterior. Small-sized dog: height at withers no more than 26 cm, maximum weight – 4.5 kg.
The head is of silky terriers of medium length, the jaws are strong, the ears are erect, triangular in shape, the eyes are round, dark, almost black, the paws are miniature, round, with black claws, the tail is cropped. The coat is rather thin and silky, it reaches 15 cm in length and, with the exception of the tail, almost completely covers the dog, reliably protecting it from rain and snow.
The classic color of silky terriers is blackish, grayish-blue or blue with a fawn, there are also sandy and tan colors. The tip of the tail is usually very dark.
The Australian Terrier is an excellent dog for a large family. They are friendly, balanced and affectionate, get along with children, other dogs and even cats. However, occasionally they can begin to bully other dogs, as in the mood they are pugnacious.
Silky terriers are strongly attached to the owner and family members, while others are wary. Can warn the owner about the approach of a stranger loud barking.
Ideal for apartment maintenance, as it is very clean and tidy. However, frequent terrier walks are necessary.
Australian Longhair Terriers have good health. These are persistent, agile dogs whose lifespan is 15 years.
However, silky terriers have a tendency to problems with the skin and thyroid iron. They are also at risk for diseases such as diabetes and patella dysplasia. Proper care, active walks and periodic inspections are the key to the health of these dogs.
Australian silky terriers are happy owners of long, beautiful wool, which, in turn, needs regular care. Terriers are recommended to be combed every other day, and once every 3 months to conduct a trimming. The shortening of the hair around the eyes and ears is allowed.
For a healthy, full-fledged lifestyle these dogs need long walks and active games.
Silky terriers were bred in Australia in the 19th century, but the breed was registered only in 1933, after which it was imported to the UK and the USA.
The ancestors of silky terriers are Australian, Yorkshire, Skye and Cairn Terriers. They experimented a lot with this breed, the external and physiological traits of the dogs changed, until in the end bold, strong and smart guards and hunters were bred.
Today, silky terriers are one of the smallest working dogs. These are ideal rat-catchers, rodent hunters, snakes and small predators, beautiful shepherds, guards and simply excellent companion dogs, the good favorites of the whole family.