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Australian Silky Terrier

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Origin / History Australian Silky Terriers are believed to have been bred by crossing dog breeds such as the Australian Terrier with the Yorkshire Terrier in Sydney during the 1890s. However, experts have pointed out that during that time, the Australian Terrier was still being developed. Due to the fact that there weren't any early records kept, it is possible that there might have been other breeds that were crossed in order to develop this particular dog breed.

Australian Silky Terriers were brought to the United States by American servicemen after the occurrence of the second World War. This breed got recognition from the American Kennel Club in 1959. Standards for the Australian Silky Terrier were then set in 1962 and updated during 1967.

Appearance Australian Silky Terriers are fine-boned terriers. They have long hairs, but these hairs should not reach the floor. They are lightly built but have compact bodies. Their ears are erect and v-shaped. Some have docked tails, although those in European countries may not, since docking is considered illegal in some countries. These dogs have flat heads that are wide in areas between their ears. They sport rounded eyes that are dark in color and with piercing expressions. They have black noses. They also have round, cat-like feet that are well-padded and small in size.

Colours Coats of Australian Silky Terriers come in color combinations of blue and fire red, or blue along with tan markings. There are many shades of blue that are accepted. However, the dogs' topknots should be in a lighter color than their tan points. These dogs are born colored black and show their colors gradually as they grow older.

Temperament Even though Silky Terriers are small, they can be protective and watchful. They are loving with children that they have been raised with, but they get snappish if they are rough-handled, teased, or peeved. These dogs are loving, highly intelligent, alert, and courageous. They like being close to their master and showing their affections. They are spunky, sociable, and cheerful dogs with high energy levels. They show curiosity about various things and can often be seen digging around in the dirt. They are quick and smart, as well as being demanding and keen.

Height and Weight They should be 23 - 25 cm in height and 4 - 5 Kg in weight,

Common Health Problems As with other dogs, Silky Terriers have their own health problems which includes diabetes, tracheal collapse, and epilepsy. They can also be afflicted wtih intervertebral disc disease, patellar luxation, Legg-Perthes, and elbow dysplasia.

Living Conditions Owners of Australian Silky Terriers can keep their dogs inside their apartment. These dogs will do well indoors as they tend to be active even when kept inside the house. They do not need to be in a yard.

Exercise Requirements Since the Silky Terrier is a breed that has a high energy level and tend to be active, they must get their daily dose of long walks. They should also be allowed to play and run around so that they can get adequate exercise.

Training Requirements Training Silky Terriers aren't difficult since these dogs are eager to learn. However, training must start at an early age. Dogs of this breed should be socialized with cats at an early age since they might grow up chasing cats if they aren't socialized well with them.

Life Expectancy Australian Silky Terriers are expected to live for as long as 12 to 15 years.

Grooming Silky Terriers require lots of attention when it comes to grooming since their hair is very prone to getting tangles. Their hair should be combed and brushed daily. Bathing should also be done regularly to keep their hair in good condition. Their coats must also be trimmed occasionally, and their hair that falls over their eyes should be tied in a topknot.

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