United Kennel Club





Silky Terrier




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

CLASSIFICATION

: Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

: The Silky Terrier is one of two native Australian terrier breeds, the other being the Australian Terrier. They were developed in the early 1800s, incorporating such breeds as the Dandie Dinmont, which was crossed with the local blue and tan broken-coated terriers. Called the Silky Terrier in the United States, it is referred to as the Australian Silky Terrier in its native land. The Silky Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1965.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: The Silky is a true toy terrier. It is compact and slightly low set, lightly built, with fine but strong bone. It has substance that is sufficient to allow it to hunt and kill domestic rodents. It has a distinctive blue and tan coat that is straight and parted from stop to tail.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: The Silky exhibits a keenly alert air, and has a quick, friendly, responsive manner. The breeds inquisitive nature and joy of life make it an ideal companion.

HEAD

: The head is strong and Terrier in characteristics. It is only moderately long, with the length of the muzzle being slightly less than the length of the skull.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

: Moderately broad between the ears, flat on top, and joins the muzzle with a shallow stop. It has a fine, silky topknot that does not fall over the eyes.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

: The nose is black.

Muzzle

: Tapering in width from stop to nose, with strong jaws and tight lips.

Jaws/Teeth

: A full complement of well-aligned, strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

: The small, dark, oval-shaped eyes are deeply set, and give a piercingly keen expression. Eye rims are dark.

Ears

: The small, V-shaped ears are set high and carried erect. They are free of long hair.

NECK

: The medium-long, slightly arched, fine neck blends gracefully into sloping shoulders.

BODY

: The moderately low set body is somewhat longer than tall. The chest is moderately deep and broad and the ribs are well sprung and extend back to a strong loin. The topline is level whether standing or moving.

TAIL

: Customarily docked, set on high and carried erect but not curled over the back. Free of feathering. If undocked, the tail must be free of feathering and not curled over the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

: The well-laid-back shoulders, in combination with proper angulation of the upper arm, provide for the forelegs to be nicely placed under the body.

FORELEGS

: The strong, straight forelegs have rather fine bone that is round. Elbows are close to the ribs. Pasterns are slightly sloping without weakness.

FEET

: The small, cat-like feet are round and compact. The pads are thick and springy. The dark-colored nails are strong. The feet point straight ahead, without turning in or out.

HINDQUARTERS

: Hindquarters are strong with well-developed thighs. HIND LEGS - Well angulated at both stifle and hock. Rear pasterns are straight, short, and parallel when viewed from behind.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: The straightforward, lively gait is free and light footed, with good flexibility at stifles and hocks. The hindquarters exhibit a strong propelling power.

COAT

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HAIR

: The coat is fine, flat and glossy with a silky feel. It must not be so long as to impede the dog’s action. Daylight must show under the dog.

COLOUR

: Blue and tan is the acceptable color combination. The darker and richer the colors, the better. Blue on the tail should be very dark. A silver-blue or fawn topknot is desirable. Color distribution is as follows: tan around the base of the ears, on the muzzle and the sides of the cheeks; blue from the back of the skull to the tip of the tail, running down the forelegs nearly to the wrists and down the hind legs to the hocks; a tan line shows down the stifles and from the wrists and the hocks down to the toes and around the vent. The blue body color must be clear without tan or bronze streaking and the tan markings must not be smutty. Black coloring is acceptable in puppies but must clear to blue by 18 months of age.

SIZE

: Height, measured at the withers, ranges from 9 to 10 inches. Deviation in either direction is undesirable. Weight is proportionate to height and correct substance.

FAULTS

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Feet: White or flesh-colored nails.
Gait: Toeing in or out.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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Teeth: Undershot or overshot bites.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Body: Roach back. Dip in back.
Color: Silver or white.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

: Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.