Australian Silky Terrier

Other name: The Silky Terrier

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Life expectancy

The Australian Silky Terrier has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 8 and 9 in
Male Between 9 and 10 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 13 lb
Male Between 7 and 13 lb
Coat colour
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Purchase price

The Australian Silky Terrier costs between £300 and £450

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More details about the Australian Silky Terrier

Australian Silky Terrier: Origins and history

The Australian Silky Terrier originates from (you guessed it!) Australia, when breeders mixed the English Yorkshire Terrier with native Australian Terriers in order to produce a more vivid coat. Eventually the ‘Sydney Silky Terrier’ was created, though there were two different standards of the breed. In 1955, the breed was renamed as the Australian Silky Terrier and standardised to prevent further crossbreeding. In its native Australia, the breed remains a popular and well-loved lapdog.

FCI classification of the Australian Silky Terrier

  • Group 3 - Terriers

  • Section 4 : Toy Terriers

Training a Australian Silky Terrier

One of the best things about the Silky Terrier is how easy it is to train. Smart, intelligent and alert, this breed learns quickly with short, interesting training sessions filled with positive reinforcement and rewards.

Australian Silky Terrier: Purchase price

This breed will cost between £300 and £450 for a well-bred puppy. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £60 to £90 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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