About The Silky Terrier

Breed Origins

The Silky Terrier was developed in Australia. The origins haven't been completely agreed upon, but it is believed that many breeds contributed to creating the Silky, including the Paisley Terrier (Clydesdale Terrier), the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Australian Terrier. Regardless of what is behind it, the Silky of today is a bright, intelligent and brave terrier of compact size and great heart.

The Silky Terrier in Canada

Just over three decades ago, the late Mrs. Marion Wait first saw Silky Terriers competing in a U.S. show and decided she just had to have one, or two, and she started to introduce the breed to Canada. What attracted her to the breed was its compact size of 9 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder, and its wonderful outgoing attitude to life. Weighing in at about 10 pounds, the Silky is small enough to fit into apartments and to travel with easily on holidays. But there is nothing small about this breed's personality! Silkys are very 'full of themselves' and consider themselves to be the most important beings on the face of the planet—and few Silky owners would argue that point with them.

They are a friendly and outgoing dog when greeting strangers when out on a walk, but can be a little territorial on their own property. They are typical terriers in that they are courageous and spunky, but this is tempered with a delightful, softer side; they will come and peer anxiously up into your eyes if they suspect you aren't feeling well or that something is upsetting you.

Breed standard

The breed standard for the Silky Terrier in Canada was updated effective January, 2009. In this most recent update, the major change was to permit the option of leaving the tail undocked.