Australian Silky Terrier

The Australian Silky Terrier is a small, fairly low-set dog with a fine, silky flat coat. It’s a friendly, yet slightly aloof breed of dog with a good level of intelligence. The Australian Silky Terrier is also known as the Sydney Silky.

Australian Silky Terrier breed group

Despite being called the Australian Silky Terrier, this lively little dog actually belongs to the toy group.

The Australian Silky Terrier through history

The Australian Silky Terrier was developed in Australia in the late 1800s and used to control vermin. The AST still retains its strong prey drive and may still attempt to hunt. The Australian Silky Terrier was created by crossing the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier.

Australian Silky Terrier temperament

The breed is alert, lively and loves the company of its owner. It is generally good with other dogs, and if socialised well from an early age can live happily along side cats. Contact with other smaller pets should be avoided.

The Australian Silky Terrier is normally good with children, but may be prone to snappiness if roughly handled.The Australian Silky is a bold and confident dog making it make a good guard dog around the home.

Colour varieties of the Australian Silky Terrier

The breed comes in a variety of colours and markings which include:
•    Blue & Tan
•    Grey Blue & Tan
•    Silver & Tan
•    Silver Blue & Tan

Size and weight of the Australian Silky Terrier

Height bitch 23-26cms

Height dog 23-26cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 4-5kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 4-5kgs

Exercise requirements of the Australian Silky Terrier

The Australian Silky Terrier is a lively and energetic dog that requires at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. As long as it receives adequate levels of exercise, this breed will happily live in the city or in apartments.

Is the Australian Silky Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, the Australian Silky Terrier is intelligent, easy-to-train and a practical size for most households.

Australian Silky Terrier coat length & grooming requirements

The long, glossy coat reaches a length of 13-15cms (5-6 inches) with a parting along the centre of the back. The hair on the head is normally scraped back and together to form a top-knot.

Medium. The shiny fine coat is not as high maintenance as it looks and a daily brush with a soft slicker brush or comb will keep the coat matt and tangle free.

Ears need to be checked and cleaned regularly for any sign of infections and foreign bodies such as ticks.


No. The Australian Silky Terrier sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Australian Silky Terrier

The Australian Silky Terrier is a fairly hardy and healthy dog, but new owners should consult their breeder about the following known health issues that have been seen in the breed including:
•    Hip dysplasia - A malformation of the hip joint, has been found in the breed, so ensure your puppy has been hip scored.
•    Elbow dysplasia
•    Diabetes
•    Leggs Perthes Disease

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Australian Silky Terrier

A healthy Australian Silky Terrier should expect to enjoy a lifespan of between 12-13 years.

Approximate Australian Silky Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £300-£450 for a puppy, and be aware that available litters of puppies are not that common. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is expected. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally 2-4 puppies in the average litter.

Estimating how much an Australian Silky Terrier would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing between 5gs will require around 123gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will cost around £3 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:
•    Worming and fleas preparations
•    Annual Vaccination boosters
•    Neutering or spaying
•    Microchipping
•    Dental treatment