Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Australian Silky Terrier

Australian Silky Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Australia.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
08.10.2012.
KC
November 2013

UTILISATION

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Toy Terrier / companion dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 4Toy Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Toy

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The two main ancestors of this breed were the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. During the period 1820-1830 a Broken Coated Terrier bitch of a blue sheen colour, which was bred in Tasmania, was taken to England and mated to a Dandy Dinmont Terrier. A Mr Macarthur Little of London purchased some puppies from this litter and experimented with further breeding to produce the soft silky coat. Later Mr Little migrated to Sydney Australia and continued his breeding programme using both Australian Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers. These dogs soon spread though out the Colonies of Australia and the Australian Silky Terrier was establishes as a breed. A standard for the breed was first drawn up in the early 1900’s.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
The dog is compact, moderately low set, of medium length with a refined structure but of sufficient substance to suggest the ability to hunt and kill domestic rodents. The parted, straight silky hair presents a well-groomed appearance.
KC
Medium length, moderately low-set, compact with refined structure; sufficient substance to suggest ability to hunt and kill domestic rodents. Straight silky hair parted from nape of neck to root of tail, presenting a well-groomed appearance.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Terrier-like, keen, alert, active.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
It should display Terrier characteristics, embodying keen alertness, activity and soundness. A courageous and dignified Toyterrier, that is second to none as a companion.
KC
Very friendly, quick and responsive.

HEAD

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FCI
Of moderate length, slightly shorter from the tip of the nose to between the eyes than from the same position to the occiput. The head must be strong and of Terrier character, being moderately broad between the ears.
KC
Of moderate length, slightly shorter from the tip of the nose to between the eyes than from the same point to the occiput. Head strong and of Terrier character, moderately broad between the ears; skull flat and without fullness between the eyes, with fine silky top-knot, not falling over the eyes. Nose black.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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Flat and without fullness between the eyes, with fine silky top-knot, not falling over the eyes, (a long fall of hair on the foreface or cheeks is very objectionable).

Stop

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Defined but moderate.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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Black.

Muzzle

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KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth even and not cramped, lips tight and clean.

Lips

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Tight and clean.

Jaws/Teeth

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Strong jaws, teeth even and not cramped, the upper incisors fitting closely over the lower (scissor bite).

Eyes

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FCI
Shall be small, oval never round or prominent, dark as possible in colour with a keen intelligent expression.
KC
Relatively small, oval, never round or prominent, dark, with a keen, intelligent expression.

Ears

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FCI
Should be small, V-shaped with fine leather, set high on the skull, pricked, and entirely free from long hair.
KC
Small, V-shaped with fine leather, set high, pricked, entirely free from long hair.

NECK

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FCI
Medium length, refined and slightly crested, fitting gracefully into the shoulders. Well covered with long silky hair.
KC
Medium length, refined and slightly crested, fitting gracefully into the shoulders. Well covered with long, silky hair.

BODY

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FCI
Should be moderately long in proportion to the height of the dog.
KC
Moderately long in proportion to the height of the dog. Level topline at all times (both standing and moving). Chest of moderate depth and breadth. Ribs well sprung, carried well back. Loins strong.

Topline

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Level topline at all times (both standing and moving). Loin Strong.

Chest

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Of moderate depth and breadth. Ribs well sprung extending back to strong loins.

TAIL

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FCI
If docked, set on high and carried erect but not over-gay. Should be free of feathering.
Undocked the first three vertebrae to be carried erect or slightly curved but not curved over back. Must not be curled. The length to give an overall balanced appearance.
In accordance with the description of the docked tail the undocked tail also to be free of feathering.
KC
Small, well padded, cat-like, turning neither in nor out. Closely knit toes with black or very dark toenails.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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The forelegs have refined, round bone and are straight and set well under the body with no weakness in the pasterns.
KC
Shoulders fine, well laid back, well angulated upper arms fitting snugly to ribs. Elbows turning neither in nor out. Forelegs straight with moderately refined, round bone, set well under body with no weakness in pasterns.

Shoulder

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Fine and well laid back, fitting with well angulated upper arms snugly to the ribs.

Elbow

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Turned neither in nor out.

FORELEGS

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FEET

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KC
Small, well padded, cat-like, turning neither in nor out. Closely knit toes with black or very dark toenails.

Forefeet

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Small, well padded, cat-like with closely knit toes, the toenails must be black or very dark.

Hind feet

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As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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KC
Thighs well developed. Stifles well turned; viewed from behind, the hocks well let down and parallel.

Thigh

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FCI
Must be well developed.

Stifle

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Should be well turned.

Hock joint

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FCI
Well bent. When viewed from behind the hocks should be well let down and parallel with each other.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
The movement should be free and true without slackness at shoulders or elbows, there should be no turning in or out of the feet or pasterns. The hindquarters should have strong propelling power with ample flexibility at stifles and hocks. Viewed from behind the movement should be neither too close nor too wide.
KC
Free, straight and true without slackness at shoulders or elbows. Hindquarters have strong propelling power with ample flexibility at stifles and hocks. Movement neither too close nor too wide.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Must be flat, fine and glossy and of a silky texture. The length of coat must not be so long as to impede the dog’s action and should allow daylight to be seen under the dog. The front and rear feet to be free from long hair.
KC
Straight, flat, fine and glossy; silky texture. Length of coat 13-15 cms (5-6 ins) from behind ears to set-on of tail desirable. Length of coat must not be so long as to impede the dog’s action and should allow daylight to be seen under the dog. Front and rear feet free from long hair. Fine silky ‘top-knot’, not falling over eyes. Long fall of hair on foreface undesirable.

COLOUR

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All shades of blue and tan are acceptable, the richer these colours and more clearly defined the better. Silver and white not acceptable. Blue on the tail to be very dark. Silver blue or fawn top-knot desirable. Distribution of blue and tan as follows tan around the base of the ears, muzzle and on the sides of the cheeks; blue from the base of the skull to tip of tail, running down the forelegs to near the wrists and down the thighs to the hocks; tan line showing down the stifles and from the wrists and hocks to the toes and around the vent. The blue body colour must be free from tan or bronzing. Tan markings must be free from smuttiness. Black colouring is permissible in puppies, blue colour must be established by 18 months of age.
KC
All shades of blue and tan. Colours rich and well defined. Lighter blue colours must display dark blue roots. Blue on tail very dark. Distribution of blue and tan as follows: Silver-blue or fawn top-knot. Tan around base of ears, muzzle and on side of cheeks. Blue from base of skull to tip of tail, running down forelegs to near knees and down thighs to hocks. Tan line showing down stifles, and tan from knees and hocks to toes and around vent. Black colouring permissible in puppies. Blue body colour, established by 18 months of age and free from tan or bronzing. Tan markings free from smuttiness.

SIZE

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KC
Height: Dogs. 23 to 26 cms (9 to 10 ins) at the withers. Bitches can be slightly less. Weight in proportion to height.

Height at withers

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FCI

Males 23 to 26 cms.
Females can be slightly less.

Weight

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FCI
Weight in proportion to height.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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  • Topline showing roach or dip.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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