Silky terrier



Silky terrier is a child of the twentieth centyr, but its real origin is kept hidden. It is said that a Broken-haired terrier was taken from Tasmania to England. Later, the Broken-haired terrier was mated with a Dandie Dinmont terrier, and had several litters. Some puppies were sold to a man who emigrated to Australia, where he mated them with the Yorkshire terrier. The result was a silky coat.

In 1901 - under the name Terriers, Australian, Soft or Silky Coated - the first Silky terrier exhibited at the Royal Sydney Show. In 1907 the name was changed to Sydney Silky. It was 31 registered dogs at this year's exhibition. It was fully legal to pair the different breeds, Australian terrier, Yorkshire terrier and Sydney terrier with each other. Because of this, Dandy IXL was shown as a Sydney Silky, while his sister, Dandy Mattie, was shown as a Yorkshire Terrier. The mother of the two was a Yorkshire Terrier, who was mated with a Sydney Silky. The offspring became its time most successful silky. Today, the offspring would be regarded a mixed race.

The breed evolved differently in different states and each state had its own standards. In Victoria, it was two weight classes, one with a maximum of three kg, another with a weight of 3-6 kg. The Viktoria standard allowed hanging ears, as well as ears straight up. It was allowed to mate the three different breeds with each other until 1932. Puppies from a litter between a Yorkshire Terrier and an Australian Terrier, were displayed in three different breeds, and was champion in the different ones.

In 1958, the Australian National Council formed a joint organization for all states, and in 1959 the first Silky Terrier standard was accepted. In 1955 it was decided that the breed should be called the Australian Silky Terrier. By well-known breeders are: Tom Neeves (Kennel Newton) and mrs. Young (Kennel Jewells). Other well-known breeders are mrs. Milne (Akdoon), mrs. Page (Ellwyn), mrs. O'Donell (Tothan), mr. O'Donnel (Stroud), mr. Risdale (Praire), mrs. Payne (Kendoral) and mr. Miles (Milan Kennels). Today the Silky Terrier in Australia has a different status, and many dogs achieve BIS as shows.


Most Silky terriers outside Australia, are in the U.S. It was approved as a breed in 1959, and has a very active association, Silky Terrier Club of America. Every year there are born about. 3000 puppies. The book "This is a Silky Terrier," written by breeder and judge Betty Young, is the first race biography and an invaluable source of information about the breed.


At the end of the 1970s there was about eleven Silky terriers imported for the purpose of establishing the breed in the country. Dulcannina Cassandra and Dulcannina Minka, bred by mr. and mrs. McCoy, had a very successful litter, including Wybilena that Dekobras Blue, which was the top winning Silky in 1982 and 1983. Most winning Silky in 1983 and 1986 was Bobby Shaftoe Dorpentune. (Grandfather of Norwegian and Swedish Champion and Norwegian winner 1993 and 1994 MariMia's Miss Marple. Owner: Ine Lohrmann.)

A new star was lit in 1987, when the Princess of Dekobras first saw the light. She was the daughter of Gimona's Feet of Faight Lenni, which was the father of many good litters. Jardine the Flies was the first Silky who captures the title of Junior Warrant. Only three Silky terriers has received this title, the last one being Pam's Jeanette Madeleine, which was Flies' sister. Flies was the most winning Silky in 1987 and was BOB at Cruft's in 1988, and is linebred on Gimmona's Feet of Faight Lenni.

In 1980, the Australian Silky Terrier Society was founded, and this year the club had its first show with 19 participating, of which Duskhunter Bonnie got BOB. The society has approx. 50 members, and puppy registrations increased steadily from 24 in 1981 to 54 in 1987. The number is still not sufficiently high to get champion rights, but hopefully it will not be long before the breed gets them.


On the continent, there is a lot of Silky Terrier breeders. Many are bred on American lines, but there is a Swedish import as well.


Over the last ten years, a few breeders in Finland, Sweden and Norway raised a small number of dogs. Each year, it is recorded between 30 and 50 puppies in each of the Nordic countries. In return, the quality is very high on the dogs that are born. This is due partly to expertise in breeding/rearing, but also good imports from other countries (e.g. UK, USA and Australia). It may be noted that Finland's most winning dog, regardless of breed, in 2004, was Multi Ch Multi Winner Curiosity Luxury of Silk (Timi). Breeder: Kristina and Pia Heinonen.


The Silky Terrier came to Sweden in 1965. The first one was Coppice Checina Lady, as when she arrived was pregnant with Tauto Talisman Taurus. The owner was the professor Göran Malmquist, and the first litter consisted of three females, Miss Sundowner; Lady Matilda; Princess Waratah; and a male, Lord Ned. Later, these were sold to Anna-Lisa and Elisabeth Westberg, who had Kennel Västerbacken. Then they imported a male, Boorandarra Steffe, and later Kabakaul Prince and Coolibah Cobbity, all of which have been of great importance to the Swedish breeding.

A male from Holland with U.S. origin, Coolaroo Gantine's Randy, was in 1966 imported to Lillegårdens Kennel. A few years later, to females was imported from the U.S., Casa de Casey's Venus and Casa de Casey's Vanessa. The owner, mrs. Allrin has since imported more Silky Terriers from the U.S., and Lillegården Kennel bases its breeding stock on American lines.

Over the years, there has been more imports, particularly from Australia, and there is now a solid foundation of Swedish dogs. With well thought imports, the breed may be developed further.