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History of the Silky Terrier

  1. The Silky Terrier is originally from Australia and was developed late in the 19th century by crossing native Australian Terriers with Yorkshire Terriers. Breeders wanted to improve the color of the Australian Terrier, and it was generally agreed upon at the time that the Yorkshire was best suited to the job. The resulting litters, however, tended to be split between puppies resembling Australian Terriers and puppies resembling Yorkshires. Fortunately, a precious few seemed to inherit the desired traits from both breeds, and these dogs were bred together to perpetuate a new breed, the Silky Terrier.

    A standard was created for the Silky Terrier in Sydney in 1906. Another, slightly different standard, was developed in the Australian province of Victoria in 1909, but the two were finally revised and reconciled in 1926. The Kennel Control Council of Victoria also introduced canine legislation in 1932 to prevent cross breeding—and further confusion—between the different types of terriers. A breed club was established in Australia in 1959.

    American soldiers stationed in Australia during World War II were attracted to the Silky Terrier’s distinct appearance and brought them back to the US as pets. The Silky Terrier was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1959, and the definitive standard for the breed was established in 1962. In March of 1955 the Sydney Silky Terrier Club of America was established, although the name was changed to the Silky Terrier Club of America in July of that same year. Still known as the Australian Silky Terrier in its native land, the Silky Terrier continues to be very popular both as a companion and as a show dog.





 

 

 

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