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Australian Silky Terrier

Australian Silky Terrier

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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FCI
Toy Terrier / companion dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 4Toy Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Toy
UKC
Terrier

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.
UKC
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

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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.
UKC
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.

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.
UKC
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

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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.
UKC
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

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FCI
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).
UKC
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.

Stop

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FCI
Defined but moderate.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black.
UKC
The nose is 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.
UKC
Tapering in width from stop to nose, with strong jaws and tight lips.

Lips

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FCI
Tight and clean.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Strong jaws, teeth even and not cramped, the upper incisors fitting closely over the lower (scissor bite).
UKC
A full complement of well-aligned, strong, white teeth meet in a scissors 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.
UKC
The small, dark, oval-shaped eyes are deeply set, and give a piercingly keen expression. Eye rims are dark.

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.
UKC
The small, V-shaped ears are set high and carried erect. They are free of 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.
UKC
The medium-long, slightly arched, fine neck blends gracefully into sloping shoulders.

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.
UKC
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.

Topline

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

Chest

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FCI
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.
UKC
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

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FCI
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.
UKC
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.

Shoulder

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

Elbow

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FCI
Turned neither in nor out.

FORELEGS

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

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.
UKC
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.

Forefeet

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

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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

Thigh

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FCI
Must be well developed.

Stifle

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FCI
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.
UKC
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

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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.
UKC
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

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FCI
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.
UKC
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

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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.
UKC
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.

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.
UKC

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

SERIOUS FAULTS

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FCI
  • Topline showing roach or dip.
UKC

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

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

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