The Silky Terrier was developed in the 1800’s as a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and Australian Terrier. Which is kind of ironic since the Australian Terrier was developed by a mix of the Yorkshire Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Norwich Terrier and Dandie Dinmont Terrier. So yes, the silky terrier is a very modern breed but one still recognized by the AKC.
The only reason that this breed was created was aesthetics. The breeders wanted to change the coat color of the blue and tan Australian terrier. Note that the Yorkshire terrier coat colors are steal blue and tan!
You may also note that the Silky Terrier and Australian Terrier were so similar in looks, that they were considered as the same breed for many years.
The Silky Terriers main purpose is as a friendly companion dog, though its ancestry means that it is still a good ratter. Having been breed for color and companionship they are loving, intelligent and alert. They are very human friendly preferring to stay near their owner.
While they are friendly they can be a good watch dog. You will have to ensure adequate exercise to curb their prolific digging capabilities. Being a terrier they should not be left around other pets smaller than themselves and have to be exposed to cats when young if you want them to get on well together.
Without adequate training, they can revert to guarding of toys, food and controlling where all family members are allowed in the house. Not allowing them their natural right to socializing with dogs can increase their barking, stubbornness and aggression towards children and other dogs.
Silky Terrier size: 23- 26 cm, 4 – 5 kg
Silky Terrier grooming: The silky terrier has a long silky SINGLE coat up to 15 cm in length. Color options are blue with tan/ red marks. Typically the long hair is parted down their spine and reaches almost to the ground.
As you can imagine, such a long silky coat requires daily brushing to avoid knots. The dog can become sick unless the coat is extensively dried after bathing. You can trim the coat, but it can be difficult to get an even length. The bonus is that the silky sheds very little hair.